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  • State of the Planet
    Svalbard 400 miles north of Norway are now higher than at any other period in the last 1 800 years according to a new study in the journal Geology Continue Reading Category Ecosystems General Earth Institute Tags Arctic climate change eco matters Environmental Science Global Warming greenhouse gases ice polar bears The Story at Ronne by Kirsty Tinto 11 8 2012 at 3 53pm Named after Edith Ronne the first American woman to set foot on this southern continent the Ronne Ice Shelf is tucked just to the East of the Antarctic Peninsula on the backside of the Transantarctic Mountains With an area measured at 422 000 square kms this is the second largest ice shelf in Antarctica This vast Continue Reading Category Earth Sciences Tags Antarctica Climate climate change Ice Bridge Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict by Guest Blogger 11 8 2012 at 2 30pm In recognition of the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict Security General Ban Ki Moon issued a statement that should be required reading for everyone thinking about the next generation of international development goals Continue Reading Category General Earth Institute Tags Natural Resources and Peacebuilding United Nations The Missing Piece in Sustainable Peace by Peter Coleman 11 6 2012 at 4 28pm We know very little about what peace is and what it isn t the conditions that promote it the motives that drive people to work for it how to measure it and how to build a climate and infrastructure that sustains it Why Because we don t study peace We study war violence aggression and conflict and peace in the context of those states and processes but few study peace directly

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  • Climate Matters - State of the Planet
    and Partner News General Earth Institute Tags Antarctica Arctic Climate climate matters Climate Science Columbia Climate Center Communicating Climate education polar research Studying Cutting Edge Carbon Storage Technologies by Lenfest Center 7 2 2012 at 10 54am This past June PhD candidates from Earth Institute s Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy Miriam Okun and Yinghuang Ji traveled to Alabama to attend Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration RECS an intensive 10 day program hosted by Southern Company and sponsored by the Department of Energy s National Energy Technology Laboratory The program allowed participants to study cutting edge Continue Reading Category Climate Earth Sciences Energy General Earth Institute Tags Carbon Capture and Sequestration climate matters RECS Mexico s Climate Change Law by Guest Blogger 6 26 2012 at 10 10am 1 Comment By Juan Carlos de Obeso Tuesday June 5th of 2012 will be remembered as a key date in the annals of climate change legislation On this day Mr Felipe Calderon President of Mexico signed a decree that enacted the General Climate Change Law which had been previously approved by the Senate and the Deputy chamber Continue Reading Category Climate Energy Tags climate matters Climate Policy Energy policy Mexico Photo Essay In the Heart of Dryness by Francesco Fiondella 6 6 2012 at 2 30pm Explore the country of Niger in this visual essay while learning about the importance of seasonal forecasting to the Sahel one of the poorest and most climate vulnerable regions in the world Continue Reading Category Agriculture Food Climate Natural Disasters Poverty Economic Development Tags agriculture climate matters drought niger sahel Decadal Prediction The New Kid On the Block by Francesco Fiondella 5 23 2012 at 10 53am Research on decadal prediction what the climate is going to be like a decade or two from now is still relatively new and experimental It s also in high demand by planners and decision makers interested in building dams and other large scale development projects In a new paper IRI s Lisa Goddard and colleagues discuss how decadal prediction research can best fit with existing efforts on seasonal forecasting and long term climate change modeling Continue Reading Category Climate Earth Sciences Natural Disasters Poverty Economic Development Tags climate change climate matters forecasting prediction Emissions from the Cement Industry by Madeleine Rubenstein 5 9 2012 at 11 00am 1 Comment A single industry accounts for around 5 of global carbon dioxide CO2 emissions It produces a material so ubiquitous it is nearly invisible cement Cement is the primary ingredient in concrete which in turn forms the foundations and structures of the buildings we live and work in and the roads and bridges we drive on Continue Reading Category Climate Tags climate change climate matters Infrastructure Climate News Roundup Week of April 30th by Madeleine Rubenstein 5 4 2012 at 1 14pm Scientists race to save world s rice bowl from climate change Study climate change causes plants to flower earlier Panetta warms climate change having dramatic impact on national security

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  • Water Matters - State of the Planet
    Partner News PepsiCo Foundation Water water matters Water Risks for Industry in India New Report from Columbia Water Center by Samantha Tress 6 15 2012 at 1 50pm Companies globally are increasingly focused on the emerging risk of water scarcity and so are their investors The combination of rising populations rapid economic growth in developing countries and climate variability is triggering enormous water availability challenges around the world We are at a critical juncture where the crises of food energy and water commodity price volatility energy reliability and fears of whether food production will be enough calls for a rethinking of our business as usual approaches In partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Water mission Columbia Water Center undertook a preliminary national level geospatial study of water risks perceptions and responses across 27 industrial sectors in India including food processing textiles energy oil and gas retail pharmaceuticals information technology and health services The results of the study are reported in India s Deepening Water Crisis Water Risks for Indian Industries A Preliminary Study of 27 Industrial Sectors Continue Reading Category Climate Economics Water Tags India Sustainable Development water matters Water Scarcity Healthy Oceans Charting A New Course by Jeremy Hinsdale 4 30 2012 at 3 53pm Leading up to Rio 20 on April 25th the United Nations hosted Healthy Oceans Charting A New Course a panel discussion which brought together a range of experts to discuss the fate of the world s oceans and what can be done to protect them Continue Reading Category Earth Sciences Ecosystems Ocean Acidification Water Tags aquaculture conservation Events marine protected areas ocean acidification oceans Rio 20 seafood United Nations Video Water water matters Photo Essay India Water Culture by Jeremy Hinsdale 3 22 2012 at 12 49pm 2 Comments Take a photographic journey from the crowded streets of Delhi through the parched state of Rajasthan and into the farmlands of north Gujarat to get a closer look at some of the many ways water affects the lives of millions of Indians every day Continue Reading Category Agriculture Food Ecosystems Poverty Economic Development Water Tags India Photos Water water matters World Water Day Deeper than Water New Video and Infographics from the Columbia Water Center by Lakis Polycarpou 3 22 2012 at 9 30am 1 Comment As population grows and demand for food and products increase so does our demand for water But in the face of growing pressure on our water resources from depletion pollution and climate change we need to make more of what we have Continue Reading Category Water Tags Brazil Climate Climate and Agriculture India Project Spotlight Sustainable Development water matters Water Scarcity World Water Day Water Water Everywhere But Nary a Drop to Drink by Upmanu Lall 3 22 2012 at 8 00am 4 Comments It is a unique challenge of our generation that many in the developing world have cellular phones and TVs but lack reliable access to water Odd perhaps given that water

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  • Eco Matters - State of the Planet
    Certificate in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability by Brian Kateman 10 2 2012 at 2 35pm Join CERC for an Open House to learn more about The Earth Institute s Certification in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability Continue Reading Category General Earth Institute Tags eco matters A Discussion Environmental Sustainability and Corporate Decisions by Brian Kateman 10 1 2012 at 3 23pm Join CERC s Afternoon Discussion on Environmental Sustainability and Corporate Decision Making with Jeffrey Potent Environmental Protection Specialist Office of Water United States Environmental Protection Agency Adjunct Professor Columbia s School of International and Public Affairs Continue Reading Category Ecosystems Tags eco matters Biotherapy Technology Assisted Wetland Revival by CERC Guest Blogger 10 1 2012 at 11 14am Coastal Wetlands provide homes for migrating and native birds protected areas for hatcheries flood mitigation and an unrivaled biodiversity of microorganisims that serves as the basis of the marine food chain Nature here works hard to compensate for an increasingly heavy human footprint Continue Reading Category Earth Sciences Ecosystems General Earth Institute Water Tags biodiversity eco matters restoration Wetlands CERC Certificate Alum Pursues His Passion For Protecting Oceans by CERC Guest Blogger 9 25 2012 at 9 40am Learn more about Mike Misner a 2006 graduate of the Certificate in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability at the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation CERC Continue Reading Category Climate General Earth Institute Water Tags Alumni News CERC eco matters Scientists Discover New Species of Monkey by Brian Kateman 9 21 2012 at 2 58pm 1 Comment In a gigantic and remote rainforest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo a team of scientists have discovered a new species of Old World monkey known as the Lesula Continue Reading Category Ecosystems Tags biodiversity Biology conservation eco eco matters ecology ecosystem evolution green monkey nature science

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  • Donor & Partner News - State of the Planet
    water resources While Ceara s problems may have been typical of a water scarce region in the developing world the work of the Columbia Water Center and PepsiCo Foundation has Continue Reading Category Agriculture Food Donor and Partner News General Earth Institute Water Tags Columbia Water Center Donor and Partner News Donor Partner News PepsiCo Foundation Water water matters Bringing Access to Safe Water in Ceará Brazil PepsiCo Foundation and the Columbia Water Center to Participate in Rio 20 by Guest Blogger 6 18 2012 at 4 09pm The work of the PepsiCo Foundation and the Columbia Water Center in Ceara Brazil provides a case study in the role public private partnerships in the sustainable management of water sources Continue Reading Category General Earth Institute Poverty Economic Development Water Tags Columbia Water Center Donor and Partner News Donor Partner News Rio 20 sustain Water MSSM Student Goes the Extra Mile for Earth Institute Programs by Catherine Fullerton 5 23 2012 at 10 06am MSSM Student Scott Miller is nearing completion of his 300 mile ride from New York City to Washington D C Find out how you can help support him Continue Reading Category Climate Donor and Partner News Energy General Earth Institute Tags Climate Donor and Partner News Donor Partner News education news Educational Energy Global Warming sustainability New Grants to Extend Reach of Africa s Green Revolution by David Funkhouser 5 18 2012 at 2 58pm Two new programs in Ethiopia and Tanzania will adapt modern technology such as an innovative lab in a box smartphones and web based communications along with training for agricultural extension workers to broaden the reach of Africa s Green Revolution Continue Reading Category Agriculture Food Donor and Partner News Millennium Villages Poverty Economic Development Tags Africa Developing Countries Donor Partner News Infrastructure Millennium Development Goals Sustainable Development Johnson Johnson Donates 75 000 to Help Lower Infant Mortality in Ethiopia by Guest Blogger 5 10 2012 at 3 56pm It s said that practice makes perfect and that saying couldn t be truer than for health care workers trying to save newborn lives in low income settings Without frequent retraining and refresher workshops such skills deteriorate over time The need for these workshops is especially strong in Ethiopia where the infant mortality rate is 77 12 deaths per 1 000 babies placing it among the worst worldwide Continue Reading Category Donor and Partner News Global Health Millennium Villages Tags Africa Donor Partner News Millennium Cities Initiative Millennium Development Goals Recent Gifts Grants Riding for Change MSSM Student Rides 300 Miles to Raise Awareness about Sustainability Issues by Catherine Fullerton 5 4 2012 at 1 09pm MS in Sustainability Management student Scott Miller rides 300 miles from New York to Washington D C to raise awareness about sustainability issues and promote support for Earth Institute research and projects Continue Reading Category Climate Donor and Partner News Energy Tags Climate Donor and Partner News Donor Partner News Recent Gifts Grants Sustainability Management Growing Food Protecting

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  • Millennium Villages – State of the Planet
    of New Millennium Village in North Ghana 8 30 2012 Bono and Jeffrey Sachs visit the Millennium Village in northern Ghana earlier this year Continue Reading Ekirooto the Dreaming Weaver Cooperative 8 22 2012 The jewelry trade empowers Ugandan women in the Millennium Village of Ruhiira Continue Reading Daily Mail Retracts False Claim About Millennium Villages 8 17 2012 Continue Reading The Great Race and Porridge 8 7 2012 Part of the blog series from MVP summer interns Continue Reading Repeat HIV Testing in Pregnant Women in Kenya and Tanzania Training Begins 8 3 2012 Part of a blog series from MVP summer interns Continue Reading Empowering Local Women to Take Charge of Community Health 7 29 2012 Part of a blog series from MVP summer interns Continue Reading Repeat HIV Testing in Pregnant Women in Kenya and Tanzania Into the Field 7 28 2012 Part of a blog series from MVP summer interns Continue Reading Repeat HIV Testing for Pregnant Women in Kenya and Tanzania 7 27 2012 The first in a series of blog posts from MVP interns Continue Reading Search State of the Planet Categories Agriculture Food Climate Donor and Partner News Earth Sciences Earthquakes Economics Ecosystems Energy Gender Equality General Earth Institute Global Health Millennium Villages Natural Disasters Ocean Acidification Poverty Economic Development Urbanization Water Popular Stories Seawater Greenhouses Produce Tomatoes in the Desert The Science and the Lessons of Hurricane Sandy A Prescient Voice on Sandy Suddenly Everyone Is Listening This is a wake up call don t hit the snooze button Arctic Archipelago Ground Zero For Climate Change From Wastewater to Drinking Water Rare Earth Metals Will We Have Enough How China Is Dealing With Its Water Crisis What Happens to All That Plastic Features Features Archive Research Centers and Departments Climate Matters Donor

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  • ‘This is a wake-up call – don’t hit the snooze button’ – State of the Planet
    it is irresponsible and it will have fatal and economic and livelihood consequences You can watch a full interview with Jacob in the video above Lisa Goddard Lisa Goddard a climate scientist and director of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society sees in the storm s aftermath an opportunity to change course I think the key lesson is that affluence gives no protection from Nature she said The weather predictions were good the warnings were appropriate Most people responded to the warnings and understood the uncertainties that were communicated which is a strong testament to how far the climate community has come in building a climate literate or at least weather literate public But that only goes so far in the face of an extremely extreme event And while the contribution made from anthropogenic climate change is estimated to be very small in comparison to the freakish confluence of several severe weather threats the fact is that things will trend in this direction increased sea levels warmer waters to fuel hurricane strength etc rather than oppositely Therefore this is the time the opportunity to plan accordingly This applies to energy systems transportation systems coastal communities and even landscaping in tree rich neighborhoods Why are so many power lines still above ground and winding through big old trees You don t think about it until the electricity is out but then you look up and realize that your town is powered on 19th century technology And similarly in a place like New York City that is susceptible to storm surge and flooding why are so many power systems below ground My personal experience from the storm was quite a wake up call We lost power the day the storm hit and it is still not restored I had not fully appreciated how dependent we are on electricity and fossil fuel not just the economy but for everyday decisions The positive thing is that you are forced to slow down go to bed earlier wake up later spend more time with your family In my network of friends and family no one was hurt or suffered major property loss so we are lucky However I would not want to go through this again Radley Horton Radley Horton worked on a 2011 report that advised New York City on climate and weather resilience He is a research scientist with the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the Center for Climate Systems Research The storm taught an important lesson about our vulnerability to coastal storms he said We were also reminded how much we rely on infrastructure and how interdependent infrastructure networks are To pick one example in what is really a system With electricity out the transportation sector suffered as less gasoline could be distributed and the telecommunications sector suffered as cell phones failed As a society I think we need to consider a suite of adaptation strategies and we need to invite everyone to the table from local community

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  • The Science and the Lessons of Hurricane Sandy – State of the Planet
    and the Man Who Saw It Coming Business Week Oct 31 2012 Feature on scientist Klaus Jacob Please Explain Predicting the Weather WNYC Leonard Lopate Nov 2 2012 With Adam Sobel Rising Sea Levels Are Serious New York Times Room for Debate Nov 2 2012 With Cynthia Rosenzweig Nov 1 The evening view from across the East River tells a tale of two cities downtown Manhattan mostly shut down without power subways and most services uptown Manhattan brightly lit subways running businesses and neighborhoods climbing back to some kind of usual In Brooklyn families from relatively unscathed neighborhoods like Brooklyn Heights and Carroll Gardens gathered at PS 29 Thursday to donate food and supplies for the worse off in flooded out Red Hook On the crowded morning commute across the bridges with three people per vehicle now required those with cars picked up strangers to come along for the ride Stories like that pop up all around the boroughs Two cities coming together But the wake of Sandy is full of questions that will take awhile to answer and that need attention from all of us Why did so much infrastructure fail The storm challenged the power grid the systems for food water sanitation and transportation Can we rebuild it smarter Scores of people died and hundreds of thousands were stranded in high rises or flooded and burned out of their homes Is there a better way to build to protect people from such disasters Is there a connection between Sandy s wrath and climate change Should we expect more such storms in the future What can we do about that How much will all this cost us What will be the cultural and political impact of this superstorm In particular will it affect the election next Tuesday Lower Manhattan powerless on Oct 31 Photo D Funkhouser There s plenty of conversation going on about all this already On the Connecticut public radio show Where We Live on WNPR Earth Institute Executive Director Steve Cohen joined others talking about building more resilient cities On Democracy Now Cynthia Rosenzweig of the Center for Climate Systems Research and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies talked about New York s vulnerabilities to extreme weather events She had a hand in two studies one done a decade ago that foretold some of what came to pass this week Earth Institute researcher Radley Horton spoke to Terry Gross on NPR radio s Fresh Air about climate and the future after Sandy what do rising sea level warming oceans and disappearing Arctic sea ice have to do with it On the New York news site CapitalNewYork reporter Dana Rubenstein spoke with Lamont Doherty scientist Klaus Jacob and others for her piece There could be worse What New York isn t doing yet about the next storm Here are more articles and broadcasts following up on the storm High Def Storm Models Yielded Accurate Predictions NPR All Things Considered Oct 31 2012 Interview with Earth Institute

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