research Archives - State of the Planet

hurricane irma from space

Large Volcanic Eruptions Can Alter Hurricane Strength and Frequency

A new study is the first to untangle the effects of volcanic eruptions and El Niño events on hurricane patterns.

by |April 1, 2019
map of lead samples in cerro de pasco peru

High School Students in Peru Discover Lead Contamination Hotspots

Equipped with a field testing kit originally developed within Columbia’s Earth Institute, the “Lead-Free Kids Peru” project has tested hundreds of soil samples for the toxic metal — and dug up some startling results in the process.

by |March 29, 2019

Hurricane Maria Study Warns: Climate-Driven Storms May Raze Many Tropical Forests

Biodiversity could suffer as result, and more carbon could be added to the atmosphere.

by |March 25, 2019

2019 Summer Internship with Dr. David Maurrasse

Are you a Columbia or Barnard student seeking an internship for summer 2019? Apply now to intern with Dr. David Maurrasse, researching philanthropic initiatives and strategic partnerships.

by |March 20, 2019
shade-grown coffee bushes grow under trees

Shade-Grown Coffee Helps Ecosystems and Farmers

A new study finds that coffee farmers could be better off financially if they used shade-growing practices for part of their production.

Drill Cores From Pre-Ancient Greece Open Insights to Climate

Newly analyzed drill cores taken from the bottom of Greece’s Gulf of Corinth show that sediment flow into the basin has varied dramatically over the past 500,000-plus years, as the earth passed in and out of ice ages, and humans later dominated the surrounding landscape.

by |March 1, 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

Confirming Long-Term Trend, 2018 Was Fourth Warmest Year on Record

Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest since modern record keeping began in the 1880s, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

by |February 6, 2019

Funding Opportunities for Travel and Field Research in Spring 2019

Applications for the Spring 2019 Global Fellows and Travel Grant Programs are now open! Apply today for funding for your sustainability research.

by |December 6, 2018
landscape in the páramos

This Unique Andean Ecosystem is Warming Almost as Fast as the Arctic

One science team is finding out why—and investigating what a warmer, drier future will mean for biodiversity and water supply in Latin America.

by |November 15, 2018