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Camp Life in Antarctica and the Importance of Epoxy

From cooking to going to the bathroom, here’s what daily life is like in a remote Antarctic camp.

by |February 11, 2019

How Are the Sustainable Development Goals Traveling in Your World?

The Center for Sustainable Urban Development is asking city-makers to fill out a survey, the first stage in a project whose aim is to help accelerate the adoption—and mainstreaming—of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

by |February 7, 2019

Autonomous Robots Carry Out First Long-Term Missions Under Antarctic Ice

A team of autonomous ocean robots deployed in January 2018 has carried out the first year-long observations under an Antarctic ice shelf.

by |January 24, 2019
visualization comparing trash in garbage patch vs U.S. co2 emissions in one year

The Ocean Garbage Patch Is Tiny Compared to Our Carbon Footprint

How trash in our oceans can help us conceptualize and reduce our carbon emissions.

by |January 9, 2019

Renewable Energy: What’s True, What’s False

A short, handy new guide from the Earth Institute cuts through the noise about renewable energy to lay out the facts about this politically charged subject.

by |January 7, 2019
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