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Applications Now Open: 2023 Virtual Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture

The virtual training in May will provide an overview of pressing issues related to agricultural investments and introduce practical skills.

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Mining, Land Grabs, and More: When Decarbonization Conflicts With Human Rights

Transitioning off fossil fuels isn’t all sunshine and roses. Experts from around Columbia Climate School weigh in on how governments and developers can move forward responsibly.

by |September 22, 2022

Columbia Climate School Postdoctoral Research Program Now Accepting Applications for 2023

The application deadline is October 31.

by |September 7, 2022

Continuing the Survey: Watermelon and Winds

Continuing our electromagnetic survey of fresh and saline groundwater, we saw the landscape change from lush watermelon fields to fallow rice fields as the salinity increased towards the sea.

by |March 25, 2022

Sailing Around the Bangladesh Coastal Zone

I am back in Bangladesh to explore the distribution of fresh and saline groundwater in the coastal zone, needed for drinking in the dry season.

by |March 12, 2022

Apply Now: Virtual Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture

The training will review pressing issues related to agricultural investments and introduce practical skills.

Into the Sundarban Mangrove Forest and Back

For the last week of our trip, we traveled by boat to reach the sites where we are measuring subsidence in the Sundarban Mangrove Forest and nearby embanked islands.

by |January 18, 2022

From Barisal to Khulna

We continued to service our GNSS and RSET-MH equipment measuring land subsidence in coastal Bangladesh. Long distances, poor roads and slow ferries made for very long days, but we were able to complete the work at the sites.

by |January 13, 2022

Dhaka and Beyond

After a week of meetings and a wedding in Dhaka, we headed back to the field to service equipment measuring land subsidence in Bangladesh.

by |January 11, 2022

Can We Feed Billions of Ourselves Without Wrecking the Planet?

A new Earth Institute primer lays out the basics of achieving sustainable agriculture on a global scale.

by |January 7, 2022