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Iceland’s Most Active Volcano is Likely Headed for Another Eruption

Monitoring and data suggest the next eruption of the glacial volcano could be anywhere from days away to within the next year. Grímsvötn last erupted in 2011.

by |August 4, 2020

Pod of the Planet Ep. 8: Marie Tharp’s Girl Talk

In this episode of Pod of the Planet, we celebrate the life of Marie Tharp and the inspiration she has been and continues to be to many scientists today.

by |July 30, 2020
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8 Surprising Facts About Marie Tharp, Mapmaker Extraordinaire

Maybe you already know that she created some of the first maps of the ocean floor and helped discover plate tectonics. Here are some lesser-known facts about this history-making cartographer.

by |July 29, 2020

Lamont’s Marie Tharp: She Drew the Maps That Shook the World

On the 100th anniversary of her birth, her grit and brilliance are as legendary as her work.

by |July 27, 2020

App Will Track Harmful Dust From Bauxite Mining in Guinea

Researchers at Columbia are developing an app that Guinean communities can use to hold mining companies accountable for controlling the dust they produce, which can harm health and livelihoods.

by Jeffrey Fralick |July 17, 2020

Groundbreaking Project Will Drill Into Bedrock Below Greenland Ice to Understand Past and Future Melting

GreenDrill promises to reveal the ice sheet’s past in unprecedented detail and enable more accurate predictions of how it may add to rising seas in the 21st century.

by |July 16, 2020
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Why Do We Need a Climate School?

Climate change is already part of the curricula across Columbia, but we can make a bigger difference by working together.

by Alex Halliday |July 13, 2020
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Workshop Will Teach the Basics of Community Organizing

On July 14, the workshop will teach young people how they can take their passion and individual activism to the next level.

by Tara Stafford |July 6, 2020
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New Podcast Episode: New York’s Pathway to Decarbonization

As the Cuomo administration emerges from the hardest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, questions remain as to how the state plans to achieve its ambitious decarbonization goals.

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Density, Equity, and the History of Epidemics in New York City

The city’s economic success depends on its density. But density also allows contagious diseases to spread. Looking at how the city has managed this conflict in the past could shed light on what the future holds.

by Richard Plunz and Andrés Álvarez-Dávila |June 30, 2020