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Map of Colombia’s mining operations

End of Colombia Conflict May Bring New Threats to Ecosystems

The end of a 52-year internal conflict could spell trouble for the second most biodiverse country in the world. A new study outlines a sustainable path forward.

by |September 12, 2018
sustainable peace discussions

What Does it Take to Build Sustainable Peace?

A multi-part video series explains how the Sustaining Peace Project is helping to understand and cultivate long-lasting peace.

by |September 4, 2018
climate migrantion

Where Will Future Migrants Come From?

A project that anticipates how people will move in response to environmental changes could help to bolster social and humanitarian support for countries in crisis.

by |August 21, 2018
water sampling device is lowered off the ship into the ocean

Every (Fifth) Breath We Take: Friends of Phytoplankton and Why They Matter

Tiny microbes called phytoplankton live beneath the ocean’s surface, producing oxygen that is essential to human survival. A new study sheds light on how these all-important diatoms survive and thrive under difficult conditions.

by |August 16, 2018

Greener Ways to Keep Cool During a Heat Wave

The world is warming and our air conditioners are making it worse. Here are some less energy-intensive ways to survive the rising heat.

by |August 3, 2018
Alex Halliday, director of the Earth Institute

New Earth Institute Director Alex Halliday’s Vision Reaches Across Columbia and the World

The pioneering geochemist tells us his first impressions and why he’s so excited to be here.

by |July 24, 2018

Fighting Ticks With a Few Taps of the Phone

A new smartphone app offers hope of stemming the spread of diseases like Lyme, and providing some peace of mind in the process.

by |July 9, 2018
food in ethiopia

Food Web: Trade Networks May Be Key to Solving Hunger

Columbia’s Center for Climate Systems Research is building a network analysis program that can pinpoint trouble spots in the global food trade system.

by |June 28, 2018
clouds

Machine Learning May Be a Game-Changer for Climate Prediction

A new study uses machine learning to better represent clouds in climate models, which helps to predict the climate’s response to rising levels of greenhouse gases.

by |June 21, 2018
astronaut with earth behind

Congratulations! You’ve Been Chosen To Colonize A New World.

Posing as an interplanetary flight attendant in an upcoming show, researcher Christine McCarthy will lead a geological journey through the solar system.

by |June 14, 2018