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Data Visualization: World Happiness Trends

Could the number of women in a nation’s government have an impact on its happiness? Can air quality effect the mood of a population? Do trains make people happier? Explore World Happiness Report data and trends that might also contribute to a country’s overall well-being.

Remotely-sensed image of a section of Central Park, New York City

High-Resolution Data Products Help Illuminate Urbanization’s Reach

High-resolution data on impervious surfaces and urban extents can shed new light on patterns of urban and rural development.

by |February 26, 2019

Increasing Heat Is Driving Off Clouds That Dampen California Wildfires

Sunny California may be getting too sunny. Increasing summer temperatures brought on by a combination of intensifying urbanization and warming climate are driving off once-common morning cloud cover in southern coastal areas of the state, leading to increased risk of wildfires.

by |May 30, 2018

Researchers Map High Levels of Drugs in the Hudson River

In a new study, researchers have mapped out a large variety of discarded pharmaceuticals dissolved throughout the Hudson River. They say that in some places, levels may be high enough to potentially affect aquatic life.

by |February 19, 2018

MPA-ESP students visit the Gowanus Canal to learn about urban contamination

The newest cohort of MPA Environmental Science and Policy students went on a field trip to the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn with professors Benjamin Bostick and Michael Musso to learn about the challenges of a dense mixed-use urban landscape.

by |July 20, 2017

Cleaning Up New York City’s Waters and Beyond: Q&A with Kartik Chandran

Kartik Chandran, an environmental engineer at Columbia, will discuss some of his urban wastewater treatment projects at a panel discussion Friday following the screening of a new film about Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay.

by |June 7, 2017

Seeking an Urban Sustainability Graduate Research Assistant

Are you a full-time Columbia graduate student interested in urban sustainability and equity? Do you have superb writing, analytic and research skills? Apply by December 9 for this part-time research assistant position.

by |December 1, 2016

Cities: the Vanguard Against Climate Change

Cities are leading the fight against climate change. Here’s what some of the most forward-looking ones are doing.

by |November 10, 2016

Past This Absurd Election and Toward the Sustainable City

Our cities can bring us together in wonderful shared experiences; now it’s time for our political processes to reflect rather than refute that reality.

by |November 7, 2016

Lessons of Climate Resilience in New York City

The Earth Institute hosted a panel focused on how New York City, and other cities like it, can take steps to become stronger and more resilient in the face of climate change.

by |October 24, 2016