national center for disaster preparedness Archives - State of the Planet

A giant sandstorm pummels northern South Sudan

Double Trouble: The Importance of Thinking About Compound Risk

Compound risk — when multiple risks occur simultaneously, or one after another — was the topic of a recent discussion as part of the Resilience Media Project, a part of the Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at the Earth Institute.

by |August 11, 2020
Clean-up crews burning oil to clear it from the water.

Children Exposed to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Suffered Physical and Mental Health Effects

Three out of five parents reported that their child had experienced physical health symptoms, and nearly one third reported that their child had mental health issues.

by |July 15, 2020

Coming Soon? A Brief Guide to 21st-Century Megadisasters

A Q&A with Jeffrey Schlegelmilch, author of a new book on potential future calamities, and how they may play off one another.

by |July 14, 2020
girl on video call

Absent: Prioritizing Recovery for Our Nation’s Schools

COVID-19 is exacerbating some of education’s long-neglected social issues and inequalities.

by Joshua L. DeVincenzo |April 20, 2020
coronavirus and human cells

How to Prepare for a Coronavirus Outbreak in the U.S.

Irwin Redlener, a medical doctor and director of Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness, explains how you can protect yourself and the people around you.

by |February 27, 2020
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Celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Women scientists play an essential role in the Earth Institute’s mission to understand how the planet works, how humans are changing it, and how to build a sustainable future.

by |February 11, 2020

Empowering the Communities Most Vulnerable to Disaster

Jaishree Beedasy delves into how disasters disproportionately affect the most vulnerable groups in society, particularly children, and how to help them recover.

by |December 23, 2019

Fall 2019 Earth Institute Internship Opportunities

A variety of undergraduate, graduate and PhD positions are available in various departments and research centers. Apply by September 11, 2019.

by |August 19, 2019

Summer 2019 Earth Institute Internship Opportunities

A variety of undergraduate, graduate and PhD positions are available in various departments and research centers. Apply by April 14, 2019.

by |March 19, 2019
vaccine needle

How to Talk to Anti-Vaxxers

Research assistant Rachel Alter became a “pro-vaccine troll” so you don’t have to.

by |February 8, 2019