State of the Planet

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  • Spring 2016 Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunities

    Spring 2016 Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunities

    The Earth Institute will offer nine research assistant opportunities for undergraduate students during the Spring 2016 semester.

  • How Bad Will this El Niño Be? Worse Than You May Think

    How Bad Will this El Niño Be? Worse Than You May Think

    Today’s El Niño is unfolding over a world that is in many ways more vulnerable than the world of 1997-1998. Just as today’s climate continues to generate extremes without historical precedent, we are starting to see elements of social vulnerability also without historical precedent. That is an alarming combination.

  • How to Feed Everyone—and Protect the Environment

    How to Feed Everyone—and Protect the Environment

    More than 500 leaders in agricultural research and organizations from 67 countries came together for the 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security to discuss how we can achieve global food security while reconciling demands on the environment.

  • Scientists’ Conference to Address Global Food Security

    Scientists’ Conference to Address Global Food Security

    Columbia University is teaming up with Cornell University to co-host the second International Global Food Security Conference to bring together 500-plus scientists to investigate the behavioral, biophysical, economic, institutional, political, social and technological drivers of current and future global food security.

  • Will Africa Finally Achieve a Green Revolution?

    Will Africa Finally Achieve a Green Revolution?

    Earth Institute agricultural scientist Pedro A. Sanchez argues in a new essay that new developments in both science and politics give him hope that sub-Saharan Africa will be able to feed itself by 2050, even with a projected population by then of about 2 billion people.

  • Map Your Food

    Map Your Food

    Where does London get its fruit? Where are the “food swamps” in Los Angeles? Where do tomatoes from Spain wind up? Where are the composters in New York City? For lovers of geography, and of the sociology of food, “Food: an atlas” offers lots of informative and curious distraction.

  • Postdoc Crosses Disciplines to Put Theory to Practice

    Postdoc Crosses Disciplines to Put Theory to Practice

    The Earth Institute postdoc has provided me with a strong foundation to continue to initiate and develop these sorts of collaborations, has helped me learn how my own research can benefit from being challenged by and contextualized in another field, and has taught me how much fun it can be to share the same sort…

  • Phosphorus: Essential to Life—Are We Running Out?

    Phosphorus: Essential to Life—Are We Running Out?

    Phosphorus is essential to human health and vital for food production. But are we using up phosphorus faster than we can economically extract it?

  • Video: Is Drought In East Africa The New Normal?

    Video: Is Drought In East Africa The New Normal?

    A video interview with climate scientist Bradfield Lyon, who explains his latest research on what’s driving rainfall patterns in parts of East Africa.

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

  • Spring 2016 Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunities

    Spring 2016 Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunities

    The Earth Institute will offer nine research assistant opportunities for undergraduate students during the Spring 2016 semester.

  • How Bad Will this El Niño Be? Worse Than You May Think

    How Bad Will this El Niño Be? Worse Than You May Think

    Today’s El Niño is unfolding over a world that is in many ways more vulnerable than the world of 1997-1998. Just as today’s climate continues to generate extremes without historical precedent, we are starting to see elements of social vulnerability also without historical precedent. That is an alarming combination.

  • How to Feed Everyone—and Protect the Environment

    How to Feed Everyone—and Protect the Environment

    More than 500 leaders in agricultural research and organizations from 67 countries came together for the 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security to discuss how we can achieve global food security while reconciling demands on the environment.

  • Scientists’ Conference to Address Global Food Security

    Scientists’ Conference to Address Global Food Security

    Columbia University is teaming up with Cornell University to co-host the second International Global Food Security Conference to bring together 500-plus scientists to investigate the behavioral, biophysical, economic, institutional, political, social and technological drivers of current and future global food security.

  • Will Africa Finally Achieve a Green Revolution?

    Will Africa Finally Achieve a Green Revolution?

    Earth Institute agricultural scientist Pedro A. Sanchez argues in a new essay that new developments in both science and politics give him hope that sub-Saharan Africa will be able to feed itself by 2050, even with a projected population by then of about 2 billion people.

  • Map Your Food

    Map Your Food

    Where does London get its fruit? Where are the “food swamps” in Los Angeles? Where do tomatoes from Spain wind up? Where are the composters in New York City? For lovers of geography, and of the sociology of food, “Food: an atlas” offers lots of informative and curious distraction.

  • Postdoc Crosses Disciplines to Put Theory to Practice

    Postdoc Crosses Disciplines to Put Theory to Practice

    The Earth Institute postdoc has provided me with a strong foundation to continue to initiate and develop these sorts of collaborations, has helped me learn how my own research can benefit from being challenged by and contextualized in another field, and has taught me how much fun it can be to share the same sort…

  • Phosphorus: Essential to Life—Are We Running Out?

    Phosphorus: Essential to Life—Are We Running Out?

    Phosphorus is essential to human health and vital for food production. But are we using up phosphorus faster than we can economically extract it?

  • Video: Is Drought In East Africa The New Normal?

    Video: Is Drought In East Africa The New Normal?

    A video interview with climate scientist Bradfield Lyon, who explains his latest research on what’s driving rainfall patterns in parts of East Africa.