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  • State of the Planet
    Authority and the MTA by Lakis Polycarpou 6 23 2014 at 11 17am Earth Institute students took a hard look into financial and administrative problems plaguing the MTA and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and came up with suggestions for more sustainable financing and more efficient operations Continue Reading Category General Earth Institute Tags education news Infrastructure MPA in Environmental Science and Policy News New York City Sustainable Development Dancing in the Darkness by Katherine Allen 6 20 2014 at 9 59am In deep darkness cunning lights are softly luring prey Drawing closer to the glow only some will flee Subtle bodies clear as glass with organs on display Exquisite dances only certain piercing eyes can see Continue Reading Category General Earth Institute A Quick Retreat from Mountain Lion Savannah by Guest Blogger 6 17 2014 at 12 03pm On their fourth day on Mount Chirripo Lamont s Max Cunningham and Mike Kaplan explore an unusual valley and find the spot where a lion apparently killed someone Continue Reading Category Climate Earth Sciences General Earth Institute Tags Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory Sculpting Tropical Peaks Apply Now for Fall Curriculum Grading Assistant Posts by Alyssa Dubov 6 17 2014 at 11 52am The Sustainability Management program is seeking candidates for the following Curriculum Grading Assistant CGA positions for fall 2014 Please see the attachment for specifics on each position as qualifications and time commitments may differ Applications are due by Tuesday July 1st at 5 00pm Continue Reading Category General Earth Institute Tags education news MS in Sustainability Management News student news Landslide Up Close by Guest Blogger 6 16 2014 at 12 31pm On their third day on Mount Chirripo Lamont geologists Max Cunningham and Mike Kaplan discover remnants of a mysterious landslide Continue Reading Category Climate

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  • Climate Matters - State of the Planet
    S Perspectives Continue Reading Category Climate Energy General Earth Institute Tags albedo Arctic arctic sea ice Climate climate matters Deepwater Horizon Energy Exxon Valdez indigenous non renewable orca polar bears Shell Oil sustainability Explore the Arctic Ocean With IceTracker by Guest Blogger 12 10 2013 at 8 46pm This week we are launching a test of IceTracker a tool that allows users to see the trajectories of Arctic sea ice forward or backward from any day between 1981 and 2012 as well as sea ice speed air temperature water depth and the age of the sea ice Continue Reading Category Climate Earth Sciences Tags American Geophysical Union American Geophysical Union 2013 Arctic arctic sea ice climate matters Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory Obama s Climate Legacy Depends on EPA s Gina McCarthy by Guest Blogger 8 8 2013 at 5 37pm Due to Congressional gridlock over greenhouse gas regulations Obama will need the help of new EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to pass crucial carbon emission standards Continue Reading Category Climate Energy Tags Carbon pollution Climate climate matters EPA Gina McCarthy obama Managing Water in a Dry Land by Francesco Fiondella 6 17 2013 at 4 55pm Since 2010 the Earth Institute s International Research Institute for Climate and Society along with UNESCO and their colleagues in Chile have been working with Elqui s water authority to help them use seasonal forecasts as way to better allocate water and prepare for droughts Continue Reading Category Climate Tags Andes chile climate matters Dam drought puclaro rain snow Water Farmers in Senegal Use Forecasts to Combat Climate Risks by Francesco Fiondella 5 21 2013 at 10 22am Recent trainings in Senegal have improved trust between farmers and researchers leading to increased use of climate forecasts and other information Continue Reading Category Agriculture Food Climate Poverty Economic Development Tags Africa agriculture Climate climate matters farming forecasts IRI sahel Senegal training Measuring the Effect of China s Arctic Interests by Guest Blogger 5 15 2013 at 2 52pm Of non Arctic states China has shown the most interest in the Arctic as climate change opens up the region to new economic development The ways in which China attempts to balance its economic interests and environmental responsibilities within its energy policy may provide a predictor of its future behavior in the Arctic Continue Reading Category Climate General Earth Institute Tags climate matters MS in Sustainability Management News The Sahel Is Getting Wetter But Will It Last by Francesco Fiondella 5 9 2013 at 7 58am New research gives a unifying explanation of the Sahel s past present and future climate patterns Continue Reading Category Agriculture Food Climate Natural Disasters Poverty Economic Development Tags Africa Climate climate change climate matters drought famine sahel A Healthy Collaboration by Guest Blogger 4 25 2013 at 11 11am IRI just renewed an agreement with the World Health Organization to be a collaborative center Research scientist and center director Madeleine Thomson talks about past successes and future research directions Continue Reading Category

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  • Water Matters - State of the Planet
    Williams Christopher Economides and Daniel Shi were selected to expand the repertoire of data driven tools the Columbia Water Center is developing which are making an impact on the water crisis experienced both here and around the world Continue Reading Category General Earth Institute Water Tags Aquanauts education impact stories Internship water matters Water Risk in Unexpected Places by Lakis Polycarpou 5 20 2013 at 6 54pm 2 Comments A new report by the Columbia Water Center produced with Veolia Water and Growing Blue could help expose the real nature of water risk even in places that most people think of as having plenty of water Continue Reading Category General Earth Institute Water Tags Climate and Agriculture Groundwater North America Surface Water Sustainable Development water matters Water Scarcity Trouble in America s Water Paradise by Guest Blogger 4 23 2013 at 10 03am America s strong water infrastructure has been key to its success as a nation Yet the nation s continual waste of water and lack of commitment to long term water investments has halted its progress Continue Reading Category Water Tags Desalination Infrastructure New York City North America Sustainable Development water matters Water Security Finding Solutions for a World at Risk by David Funkhouser 3 28 2013 at 6 24pm 2 Comments This is a mess and it is a mess that we have not attended to yet Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs said at a conference on water security held today at Columbia University Humanity is the driver but we don t have our hands on the steering wheel very much Continue Reading Category Agriculture Food Climate Economics General Earth Institute Poverty Economic Development Water Tags Climate and Agriculture climate change conservation Global Warming Groundwater Infrastructure State of the Planet 2013 Surface Water Sustainable Development water matters Water Scarcity Columbia University to Monitor NYC Waterways by Kavita Jain Cocks 3 28 2013 at 10 46am Dr Wade McGillis of Columbia University s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory is the Lead Principal Investigator on a new project entitled NYC Sustainable Urban Water Quality the Earthwatch Institute Freshwater Program set to take place through January 2017 Dr McGillis and his staff will be working in partnership with the Earth Watch Institute to deliver this Continue Reading Category General Earth Institute Tags Climate Policy Climate Science New York City water matters Geocharts Water Challenges Around the World by Jeremy Hinsdale 2 28 2013 at 11 28am View four interactive maps that give an overview of some of the water challenges different parts of the world currently face Continue Reading Category Water Tags Drinking Water Irrigation maps sanitation Water Water Conflict water matters World Water Day Tensiometers in Punjab by Kavita Jain Cocks 2 20 2013 at 10 27am 1 Comment So far tensiometers have been tested in four central districts of Punjab initially with more than 500 farmers the first year and then peaking with an additional 4 500 farmers in 2011 before testing was scaled back Data showed on average

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  • Eco Matters - State of the Planet
    ocean acidification Strategies for a Hotter Scarcer and More Open World by Brian Kateman 4 1 2014 at 10 53am Author Andrew Winston will explore the mega challenges of climate change scarcity and radical transparency that threaten our ability to run an expanding global economy and that are profoundly changing business as usual He will provide cause for optimism as he profiles leaders in the business community who are bringing value to society and positioning themselves to capture the unprecedented opportunities that will emerge in responding to these challenges These individuals and companies and others to come will be the winners of this new game who will profit mightily Continue Reading Category General Earth Institute Tags eco matters Certificate Program Black Rock Forest Case Study by EICES Guest Blogger 3 12 2014 at 2 03pm Forests are a vitally important habitat for much of the world s terrestrial biodiversity During this class you will learn key issues in forest ecology and management through an all day field trip to Black Rock Forest and study how pathogens and other invasive species affect forest structure and function Continue Reading Category Earth Sciences Ecosystems General Earth Institute sustainability Tags certificate conservation eco matters forests Management Deep Sea Mining Out of Sight Out of Mind by EICES Guest Blogger 3 12 2014 at 11 35am Are we willing to compromise deep sea ecosystems and biodiversity for prodigious amounts of mineral materials Will deep sea mining have the largest footprint of any single human activity on the planet The race is on to create more progressive environmental regulations concerning deep sea mining but much more scientific research is still necessary to understand how to best regulate these ecosystems Continue Reading Category Earth Sciences Ecosystems General Earth Institute Water Tags biodiversity deep sea eco matters minerals mining Ocean ocean policy policy sustainable management Oysters Pearls of Long Island Sound at The Bruce Museum by Amy McDermott 3 7 2014 at 10 31pm Oysters Pearls of Long Island Sound on display now at The Bruce Museum of Arts and Sciences is both informative and visually engaging Running until March 23 the exhibition introduces the ecology and evolutionary history of these mollusks but that s not all True to a museum of both art and science The Bruce has drawn in local history as well displaying oystermen s tools vintage oyster advertisements and even an early American Impressionist painting This exhibit highlights the tremendous impact that oysters have had on New England both ecologically and culturally Continue Reading Category Uncategorized Tags Bruce Museum eco matters getaways local nature New England Oysters Review Employing a Knowledge Systems Approach to Creating a Sustainable Future by EICES Guest Blogger 2 21 2014 at 12 20pm 1 Comment Jeffrey Potent discusses his upcoming course the importance of understanding systems and employing a knowledge systems approach to creating a sustainable future Continue Reading Category Earth Sciences Education News General Earth Institute Tags certificate earth systems science eco matters EICES sustainability Sustainable Development systems

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  • Millennium Villages – State of the Planet
    3 million through 2015 This gift will fund project activities in the Millennium Village of Mbola Tanzania as well Continue Reading Helping Young Women Become Leaders in Uganda 4 22 2014 In 2010 to complement a project in Uganda with UNAIDS on the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV the HIV program at the Earth Institute started an initiative to empower girls and young women in the Millennium Village of Ruhiira a small rural community in southern Uganda They called it Eminyeeto or youth in the Continue Reading Sumitomo Chemical Donates 330 000 Bed Nets 4 7 2014 Sumitomo Chemical Company Limited of Japan will donate 330 000 insecticide treated bed nets to the Millennium Villages Project the third round of such donations by the manufacturer toward the goal of demonstrating that malaria deaths can be eradicated across Africa Continue Reading Going Back to Mayange 4 3 2014 It s been 19 months since my first visit to the Millennium Village of Mayange in Rwanda and wow things have changed I first visited Mayange in 2012 when I worked for Millennium Promise Then two months ago I found myself in back in Rwanda with a friend With some spare time between memorials and gorillas Continue Reading TechWomen visit Mayange s high schools as part of Connect To Learn 3 12 2014 Until a few years ago the chance of finishing secondary school in rural parts of Rwanda was a dream few girls could fulfill According to the World Bank the gross total enrollment of girls in secondary school in Rwanda was only 37 in 2011 The secondary school transition rate was low with only 71 of Continue Reading Business Development Key to Sustained Incomes 3 5 2014 With just under two years to go before the deadline to

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  • Education News - State of the Planet
    celebrated their graduation from the School of International and Public Affairs Continue Reading Category General Earth Institute Tags education news MPA in Environmental Science and Policy News student news Capstone Projects Address Real Sustainability Challenges by Lakis Polycarpou 5 14 2014 at 1 22pm Students from the Earth Institute s Sustainability Management and Environmental Science and Policy master s programs once again demonstrated the broad range of applications for interdisciplinary approaches to sustainable development in their Spring 2014 team capstone projects The projects provided analysis and recommendations to a range of clients on diverse real world sustainability challenges Continue Reading Category Education News General Earth Institute Tags education news Infrastructure MPA in Environmental Science and Policy News MS in Sustainability Management News student news Sustainable Development ESP Students Tackle Tough Environmental Problems by Alyssa Dubov 5 7 2014 at 5 12pm On April 30 students in the Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy presented their initial findings for the Workshop in Applied Earth Systems Policy Analysis This semester s workshop projects dealt with topics ranging from natural disaster resilience to evaluating the success of solar incentive programs Continue Reading Category General Earth Institute Tags education news MPA in Environmental Science and Policy News student news Sustainability Management Students Present Research Results by Alyssa Dubov 5 7 2014 at 3 09pm Each semester M S in Sustainability Management students must draw on both the practical skills and the analytical knowledge they have gained in order to address crucial sustainability management issues as consultants for a real world client as part of the Integrative Capstone Workshop Last week students made presentations earlier this week about projects that they are conducting on renewable energy climate resilience sustainable investment urban agriculture and environmental management systems The clients range from the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation to the Federal Transit Administration Continue Reading Category General Earth Institute Tags education news MS in Sustainability Management News student news Sustainability Management Student Explores Energy Efficiency by Alyssa Dubov 5 1 2014 at 1 32pm Current Master of Science in Sustainability Management student Lillian Cheng has long been interested in energy efficiency and climate change but it is her time at Columbia that has instilled in her the necessary quantitative financial and project management skills necessary to succeed in the sustainability industry Continue Reading Category General Earth Institute Tags education news EI Student Profiles MS in Sustainability Management News student news student profiles Alumna Takes Sustainable Development Degree to El Salvador by Guest Blogger 4 29 2014 at 2 40pm Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development alumna Hannah Perls takes her degree to El Salvador where she is responsible for program development at Foundation Cristosal a non profit human rights NGO Continue Reading Category Education News General Earth Institute sustainability Tags education news undergraduate undergraduate major in sustainable development undergraduate program in sustainable development news undergraduate special concentration in sustainable development Sustainable Development Program Teaching Assistant Positions by Guest Blogger 4 25 2014 at 4 49pm The

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  • Donor & Partner News - State of the Planet
    an online information dashboard that will help streamline community health worker operations on the ground Continue Reading Category Donor and Partner News General Earth Institute Global Health Millennium Villages Poverty Economic Development Tags Africa community health workers Donor and Partner News Donor News Donor Partner News Global Health Millennium Development Goals Shedding Light on Rural Africa A New Partnership by Guest Blogger 10 15 2013 at 11 16am In partnership with the Italian energy company Eni the Sustainable Development Solutions Network will evaluate potential pathways for increasing access to electricity in Sub Saharan Africa furthering its goals of promoting sustainable development solutions globally Continue Reading Category Donor and Partner News Energy Poverty Economic Development Tags Donor and Partner News Donor Partner News impact stories impacts SDSN Sustainable Development Goals From Consulting to Cycling MSSM Alumni Join Climate Ride by Catherine Fullerton 8 19 2013 at 3 07pm MSSM alums JD Capuano Eileen Quigley and Ryan Meinke have gone on to make businesses more sustainable adaptive and innovative through their work as consultants This September the group will take their passion for sustainability one step further when they ride 320 miles from New York City to Washington D C to raise awareness and support for the Earth Institute Continue Reading Category Climate Donor and Partner News Education News Tags Climate Ride Donor and Partner News Donor Partner News MS in Sustainability Management News Making the First 1 000 Days Count EI Partners with TABLE FOR TWO by Catherine Fullerton 6 4 2013 at 9 33am With generous support from TABLE FOR TWO Earth Institute scientists have begun a research study in the Millennium Villages Project MVP in Ruhiira Uganda to evaluate different methods for delivering nutrition to young children in rural low income settings Continue Reading Category Agriculture Food General Earth Institute Global Health Millennium Villages Poverty Economic Development Tags Donor and Partner News Donor News Donor Partner News Global Health National Grid Joins the Corporate Circle by Catherine Fullerton 5 17 2013 at 11 15am The Earth Institute is pleased to welcome National Grid into the Corporate Circle a collective partnership of leading corporations from across the globe committed to pursuing sustainable development objectives Through a generous gift National Grid will support sustainable energy research at the Earth Institute Continue Reading Category Climate Donor and Partner News Energy General Earth Institute Tags Corporate Circle News Donor and Partner News Donor News Donor Partner News Energy Lenfest Center Auction Proceeds to Benefit the Millennium Villages by Gina Ackerman 5 16 2013 at 2 26pm Renowned collector and Wall Street money manager William H Gross sold pieces from his unparalleled U S stamp collection for the first time at an auction at the Robert A Siegel Auction Galleries here in New York on April 9 Since 2008 Bill and his wife Sue have donated over 19 million to the Millennium Villages project and they continued their generosity by donating the proceeds from the auction to the Earth Institute and to Doctors Without

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  • New Seminar Focuses on Links Between Environment, Conflict and Security – State of the Planet
    understanding and responding to human security challenges and also to concrete skills and case studies to use in the field and in their daily responsibilities We live in a turbulent time when globalization climate change natural resource stress and political instability interact in complex and often tumultuous ways said Jeffrey Sachs director of the Earth Institute To manage this complexity we need a deeper understanding of these dynamic interactions both conceptually and in practice The new climate realities and environmental risks won t spare anyone governments citizens and businesses are equally vulnerable Private industries are expanding their businesses into areas of significant multi hazard risks Private companies are growing increasingly dependent on global supply chains and a complex network of raw natural resource inputs International organizations that disburse billions of dollars of overseas development aid each year are seeking better frameworks and tools to prevent and respond to environmental insecurity Humanitarian organizations are scrambling to improve their preparedness and response capacity to higher frequency hurricanes and increasing populations at risk to natural disasters Fragile State governments are also seeking knowledge to boost the capacity of their technocrats and government policy makers and ensure social safety nets are adequately prepared for environmental shocks There is an 80 percent chance that an El Niño event will occur in the next year This seminar identifies ways for organizations and companies to be better prepared for potential consequences No other offering gives the range of affected stakeholders access to resources and cutting edge researchers in climatology environmental science water resource management natural resource management extractive industry best practices dynamical system theories and conflict resolution and mediation techniques Columbia University connects these fields through interdisciplinary research teaching and practice and draws faculty speakers and resources for the seminar from all three Columbia entities About the September 2014 executive seminar The seminar is designed for private sector industry leaders program directors from multiple sectors government policy makers international organization field directors and headquarters management teams The five day course is structured to provide participants with the following an intellectual framework to link the environment and security dynamics the latest research around natural resources and climate dynamics the analytic skills for communicating in conflict settings undertaking conflict diagnostics and conducting conflict assessments the skills to communicate effectively and clearly in conflict settings different approaches to project planning and program design skills that address the pre during and post conflict and environmental variability dynamics practical tool kits for spatial and conflict data applications to improve decision making Participants will leave the course able to apply these to their organizations to meet the challenges arising from environmental variability natural resource pressures and conflict dynamics This is the first in a series of blogs that will be released by the program s faculty on various topics related the nexus of environment peace and security for policy makers and business leaders For more EPS program information and application please go to the program website and follow us on twitter Website www

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