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Two adults and a child dressed in traditional clothing stand in front of a tent and a group of other people in a valley of grass and rocks.

What Superpower Conflicts Mean for Indigenous Peoples

Geopolitical tensions between China and India at their disputed Himalayan border have ecological and social consequences for local peoples.

by |June 16, 2020
Satellite imagery of Nisarga

Nisarga Could Be the Strongest Storm to Hit Mumbai in 70 Years

Major cyclone landfalls in this region are rare, but they could become more common and more dangerous under climate change.

by |June 2, 2020
Tree toppled by Cyclone Amphan in Kolkata

Cyclone Amphan Reinforces Urgent Need for Climate Adaptation Planning

By building resilience into our infrastructure and communities, we can reduce the damages from natural disasters and recover from shocks more easily.

by |May 26, 2020

Even a Limited India-Pakistan Nuclear War Would Bring Global Famine, Says Study

Even a limited nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan would cause unprecedented planet-wide food shortages lasting more than a decade.

by |March 16, 2020

Subseasonal Forecasting for the Indian Monsoon

Climate scientist Nachiketa Acharya uses medium-term forecasts to help Indian farmers with planning and decision-making.

by |December 10, 2019
pearl millet farmer

Less Rice and More Nutritious Crops Will Enhance India’s Food Supply, Study Says

A new study finds that diversifying India’s crops could provide better nutrition for 200 million undernourished people.

by Robert Florida |December 4, 2019
deep well in india and views inside pipes

Study Zeros In on Source of Arsenic in Bengal Basin’s Deep Wells

Typically only shallow wells have arsenic problems, but in an area of India and Bangladesh, deep wells are highly contaminated. Scientists are starting to learn why.

by |November 26, 2019
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Merging Environment and Education Is Crucial for Sustainable Development

Over the past few years, Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Development has been tackling sustainability issues through meaningful education on the environment.

by |July 31, 2019

Reading Program Improves Child Literacy Rates in Indian District

After initial success, a pilot program from Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development is scaling up to reach 2,000 more children in 70 schools.

by |August 21, 2018

What You Should Know About Air Quality Alerts

“It’s a code red day for ozone.” If you hear this on your local news, what does it mean? Are you at risk? Do you know what to do?

by |June 26, 2018