Columbia Water Center Year in Review

December 29, 2017
The Columbia Water Center (CWC) is a leader in applying the science of water and climate to solve real world problems. With current events in mind, we worked with our partners to make progress on several key projects. Read More

New York’s Waterways Are Swimming in Plastic Microbeads

August 16, 2017
Plastic microbeads, common in soap, toothpaste and other consumer products, are flooding waters. A team from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is doing the first large-scale assessment of their impact on New York's waterways. Read More

Challenges for Governments Seeking to Get Most Out of Natural Resources

June 29, 2017
On March 2, 2017, Tanzania banned all exports of unprocessed gold and copper concentrates. The measure was taken in order to force companies to set up in-country processing of raw materials, with hopes of fostering the development of a smelter in the country. Read More

Rural America’s Drinking Water Crisis: No Help From Trump Budget

June 13, 2017
O’Brien is just one of thousands of small communities in the United States that struggle to find the resources to ensure that the water coming out of the tap is safe to drink. The budget proposal by the Trump administration will only make matters worse. Read More

How Will Climate Change Impact Water Resources?

June 6, 2017
Richard Seager and Park Williams, climate scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, discuss how water will be affected by warmer temperatures, and how their research increases understanding of these issues. Read More

Getting the Tools to Get Hired

June 1, 2017
Alan Burchell is the founder and principal of Urbanstrong, which he started shortly after graduating from Columbia’s Master of Science in Sustainability Management program in 2014. When choosing courses, Alan encourages MSSM students to fill up their tool belts. In his experience, “Knowledge is great, but tools get you hired.” Alan recommends to take classes that will teach you a transferable skill. Read More

America’s Dam Crisis: Was Oroville Just a Drop in the Bucket?

May 31, 2017
Columbia Water Center experts argue that dam infrastructure issues must be connected to a broader conversation about America’s water resources. Read More

Vegetation Can Strongly Alter Climate and Weather, Study Finds

May 30, 2017
A new analysis of global satellite observations shows that vegetation can powerfully alter atmospheric patterns that influence climate and weather. Read More

In Jharkhand, Using an Old Technique for Sustainable Water

May 24, 2017
The Indian state of Jharkhand has plentiful rainfall, but most of that water runs off before it can be put to use by farmers, who struggle to make a living. To help improve irrigation and crop productivity, the Centers for International Projects Trust and Ranchi’s Birsa Agricultural University turned to a simple traditional technology, "dobhas," small ponds that can store rainwater for months at a time. Read More

Project Uses Satellites for Rapid Assessment of Flood Response Costs

May 22, 2017
Overall global losses from natural disasters such as floods, landslides or earthquakes amount to about $300 billion annually. A rapid and early response is key to immediately address the loss of human life, property, infrastructure and business activity. Read More
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