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Columbia Tests Wastewater in Residence Halls for Coronavirus

The university will routinely monitor sewage leaving student dormitories to head off outbreaks of COVID-19.

by Carla Cantor |September 16, 2020

New Project Will Create ‘The Internet of Samples’

iSamples will digitalize scientific samples to enable more discoveries and information-sharing.

by |September 10, 2020
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New Project Will Analyze Clouds to Make Future Climate Less Nebulous

Understanding how clouds respond to climate change will be essential for predicting how much hotter the planet could get.

by |September 1, 2020
Oil and Gas Transformation Map from the World Economic Forum

Interactive Map Lets You Explore the Forces Transforming the Oil and Gas Industry

The map, created by the World Economic Forum, includes analysis from experts at Columbia’s Center on Global Energy Policy.

by |August 26, 2020
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Researchers Show Potential for Subseasonal Forecasts to Predict Dengue Outbreaks

A new study shows for the first time that rainfall and temperature forecasts can be used to predict outbreaks of dengue fever by estimating mosquito abundance.

by |August 25, 2020

A New Way to Calculate the Price of Carbon Pollution

How to set carbon prices that are consistent with goals of both climate experts and economists.

by Noah Kaufman |August 17, 2020

Study Quantifies Potential COVID-19 Spread From Hurricane Evacuation

Spread of the coronavirus during a hurricane evacuation could be minimized by directing evacuees to the right areas and taking proper measures, say researchers.

by |August 13, 2020
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What’s Math Got to Do With Peace?

For the Sustaining Peace Project, astrophysicist Larry Liebovitch created a mathematical model to calculate whether a society is moving toward or away from peace.

by Allegra Chen-Carrel |August 6, 2020
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Is China Still a Developing Country? And Why It Matters for Energy and Climate

Understanding the nature and implications of China’s unique status can help in designing energy and climate policies, and promoting sustainable growth.

by |July 23, 2020

Groundbreaking Project Will Drill Into Bedrock Below Greenland Ice to Understand Past and Future Melting

GreenDrill promises to reveal the ice sheet’s past in unprecedented detail and enable more accurate predictions of how it may add to rising seas in the 21st century.

by |July 16, 2020