New York City Archives - State of the Planet

A Snowman’s Toils Under the Sun

One morning, a tiny snowman appears, seated on a bench near the corner of 112th Street and Broadway in New York City. Let’s take a picture every time we go by. Maybe we will learn something.

by |March 12, 2019

Amazon, the Global Economy, and Long Island City

This deal might not be good, but it’s necessary.

by |February 11, 2019

Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: 2019 and Beyond

On every continent and every ocean, Earth Institute researchers are studying climate, geology, natural hazards and other dynamics of the planet. Here is a list of projects in rough chronological order for the coming year and beyond.

by |January 24, 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

Study Finds Sewage Bacteria Lurking in Hudson River Sediments

A new study shows that fecal bacteria from sewage can persist in far greater quantities in near-shore sediments than in the water of the Hudson River.

by |December 13, 2018
Road Salt Runoff Stains

How Road Salt Harms the Environment

Recent research indicates that salt is accumulating in the environment and poses an emerging threat both to ecosystems and human health.

by |December 11, 2018

Student Spotlight: A Shift From Education to Environmental Science and Policy

Pivoting from a career in high school science education, Sid Tulsiani hopes to engage with issues of climate change and energy.

by |November 12, 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

Using the Food We Waste in New York City

New York’s food waste program is not perfect, but it is an excellent example of the steady progress that we are making to create a more sustainable city.

by |October 8, 2018

Alum Launches First-Ever Shared Electric Mopeds in New York City

With his passion for energy and sustainability, Frank Reig, an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy alum, is working to make urban transit “fast, affordable and way more fun.”

by |August 20, 2018