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Climate Week: Why Does It Matter?

September 15, 2016
Climate Week NYC 2016, Sept. 19 to 35, features over 70 events bringing together business, societal and government leaders to share ideas, technologies, resources and success stories that are helping to curb climate change and transition to a low-carbon society. Read More

Construction in the Swamp

August 17, 2016
Despite the miserable weather and ongoing rain, we constructed a wooden structure to hold the GPS receivers, solar panels and other electronic equipment between the three wells. We worked out how and where to mount the antennas and had parts made to accomplish it. Although I had to leave before it was completed, the team persevered through the storm and now we will be monitoring ground subsidence and sediment compaction in the Mississippi Delta. Read More

Rules Would Require More Environmental Risk Disclosure in Mining

August 10, 2016
The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed changes to its disclosure requirements for mining companies that could increase the liability potential of companies that fail to accurately disclose environmentally related risks to their investors. Read More

Shareholder Litigation Puts a Spotlight on Environmental Risk

July 11, 2016
Lawsuits based on corporate misrepresentations to investors are gaining attention from those who want to see companies held more accountable for environmental damage--including risks associated with climate change. Read More

Bridging the Gap Between Science and Policy for Water Security

July 8, 2016
To tackle the challenge of how to effectively educate important stakeholders about ground water in the United States, 11 graduate students from the Earth Institute and School of International and Public Affairs MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program were asked to recommend a strategy to improve scientific literacy among policymakers and investors. Read More

Presidential Politics: Water Supply and Contamination

June 29, 2016
The federal government needs to develop and implement a plan to solve problems with our water infrastructure, pollution and growing scarcity. How will the next president act? Read More

New Rules to Hold Mining Industry Accountable for Cleanups

May 31, 2016
A federal court has ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that mining companies provide financial assurance that they can pay for any harm to the environment from their operations. Read More

Project Calculates the Cost of Social Conflict

April 18, 2016
The Columbia Water Center is undertaking a three-year project to quantitatively assess mining-related water and environmental risks and their financial implications. Read More

When Environmental Oversight Takes a Back Seat

April 15, 2016
The government of Peru faces significant pressure to encourage growth and investment in the mining sector, but this has also put pressure on the government’s ability to properly assess environmental impacts. Read More

Californians Are Ready for Recycled Water

March 18, 2016
Water reuse is a proven technology that can produce a drought-proof sustainable water supply. Yet historically, there has been some reluctance to adopt it here in the United States. Xylem commissioned a poll to try to better understand perceptions about recycled water in drought-stricken California. And the findings were eye-opening. Read More
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