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Student Workshop Proposes Ideas for Resilience in Three Communities

January 29, 2021

In the fall 2020 course, "Responsiveness and Resilience in the Built Environment," students learned about sustainability challenges in three urban areas and came up with potential solutions.

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Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: 2020 and Beyond

February 4, 2020

Earth Institute researchers are in the field studying the dynamics of the planet on every continent and every ocean. Here is a list of projects.

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How Climate Change Impacts Our Water

September 23, 2019

Climate change disrupts the water cycle in ways that could profoundly alter how we live our lives.

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Brumadinho Dam Collapse: Outlook and Policy Objectives

March 18, 2019

An uptick in mining-related tragedies in Brazil points to the need for stronger regulations.

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Columbia Water Center: A Decade of Cutting Edge Research

January 3, 2019

To mark its anniversary, the Columbia Water Center has released a new report highlighting its achievements over the past decade. Read an excerpt, then download the full report.

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Study Finds Sewage Bacteria Lurking in Hudson River Sediments

December 13, 2018

A new study shows that fecal bacteria from sewage can persist in far greater quantities in near-shore sediments than in the water of the Hudson River.

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How Road Salt Harms the Environment

December 11, 2018

Recent research indicates that salt is accumulating in the environment and poses an emerging threat both to ecosystems and human health.

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National Climate Assessment: Will U.S. Water Problems Worsen?

November 26, 2018

Upmanu Lall is director of the Columbia Water Center, and the lead author of the new U.S. National Climate Assessment's chapter on water resources. The report paints a dire picture of the nation's climate future. We spoke with Lall about the outlook for water supplies, quality and infrastructure.

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Using Artificial Intelligence To Locate Risky Dams

August 23, 2018

In the U.S., some 2,000 high hazard dams are in need of repairs. A project from the Columbia Water Center is helping to identify the most hazardous ones.

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New Study Shows Promise for Long-Term Weather Forecasts in South America

August 6, 2018

The Paraguay River is an essential lifeblood for the landlocked country that shares it name, but it can also be the source of deadly and costly floods. Now scientists are one step closer to predicting the likelihood for heavy rain weeks ahead of time.

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