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A DSNY spreader is loaded with salt at one of the city's 42 salt sheds.

Cutting the Salt in Winter Road Maintenance

As the capital and environmental costs of road salt continue to mount, has the time come to ask whether we’re putting too much of it on our streets?

by |December 13, 2018

Can Removing Carbon From the Atmosphere Save Us from Climate Catastrophe?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that limiting global warming to 1.5˚C will require removing CO2 from the atmosphere. How feasible is this?

by |November 27, 2018

What’s in Our Waste Bins?

Sustainability Management student Asami Tanimoto dug through the university’s trash to discover what we’re throwing out, and how we can do better.

by |November 5, 2018
E-scooter riders take to the streets of Portland, Oregon. Photo by Sarah Petersen

Coming Soon To A City Near You: E-Scooters

Shared, dockless electric scooters have taken to the streets of cities across the U.S. Is New York City ground zero for the next e-scooter invasion?

by |October 26, 2018

The Melting of the Greenland Ice, Seen Up Very Close

A small team of scientists ventures out onto the Greenland ice sheet to study the forces large and small that are accelerating the melting of the world’s second-largest ice mass.

by |October 1, 2018
spooning soil into a plastic bag

Bring Your Soil For Lead Testing at Open House

To find out if this harmful metal is lingering in your backyard or local park, and to learn how to protect your family, bring a few scoops of soil to the Lamont-Doherty Open House on October 13.

by |September 28, 2018
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Interactive Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Climate Change and Its Impacts

In celebration of Climate Week NYC, here are 10 sample questions from our Climate Challenge game on Kahoot!

by |September 27, 2018
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
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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
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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