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You Asked: How Does Climate Change Help to Spread Diseases?

An Earth Institute expert explains why climate change is great for mosquitoes (but bad for people), and why we shouldn’t really worry about prehistoric germs coming back to life.

by |September 24, 2019

You Asked: How Can Students Make a Difference on Climate Change?

Two students weigh in on how they’re taking action and why it matters.

by |September 20, 2019

Youth Climate Strike and the Generational Urgency of the Climate Crisis

The Youth Climate Strike clearly communicates the generational urgency of the climate crisis.

by |September 16, 2019
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100+ Climate Experts at the Earth Institute

Sources and story ideas for journalists during ‘Covering Climate Now,’ Climate Week, and beyond.

by |September 11, 2019

How the Top Ten Democratic Candidates Plan to Deal With Climate Change

It is critical that whoever becomes president in 2020 commits to tackling the climate crisis. Here are the climate plans of the top ten Democratic candidates.

by |August 29, 2019
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Washing Laundry May Be An Underappreciated Source of Microplastic Pollution

A student research project unveils that tiny plastics in laundry detergents and fabrics could potentially have a big impact on ocean health.

by |August 22, 2019

How Synthetic Biology Can Help the Environment

Artificial and modified organisms could become essential tools to fight climate change, clean up pollution, protect biodiversity, and more.

by |August 14, 2019

Photo Essay: Living on the Ice in Juneau, Alaska

We’re developing a technique that uses ice-penetrating radar to measure how quickly snow turns to ice. To take our measurements, we needed to camp out in the Juneau icefields for a few weeks.

by |July 26, 2019
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Nothing to Sneeze At: How Climate Change Could Make Your Allergies Worse

As the world warms, plants may benefit but pollen allergies will likely get worse.

by |July 23, 2019
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Rescuing 50 Years of Apollo Sample Data

The Apollo missions brought back unique samples from the moon that have been analyzed by researchers around the world. This data is getting lost and forgotten. A new database collects it and makes it easy to find and use.

by |July 18, 2019