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April 27, 2015

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8:02 PM | Sooo.. About Audi’s “E-Diesel”Audi recently announced a new type...
Sooo.. About Audi’s “E-Diesel”Audi recently announced a new type of fuel they have developed which is made from water, clean energy, and CO2. The fuel is said to be more environmentally friendly, quieter (in the engine, I presume), with fewer pollutants, and a high energy efficiency. Gotta say, it sounds pretty good. One thing though that I’d really like more information about is where they’re getting the CO2 from. While some graphics boast “Direct Air […]

April 26, 2015

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1:00 PM | In the Future, Will We Build Cities for Wildlife and Design the Countryside for People?
Cities have long been known as hotspots for innovation. In the past, much of this could be attributed to cities being the centralised physical location of businesses, investors, consumers, markets, and places of learning, and as nodes for connecting with other people and cities around the world. Yet in the new era of global communication, … Continue reading In the Future, Will We Build Cities for Wildlife and Design the Countryside for People? →
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10:09 AM | Japan Now Has More EV Chargers Than Gas Stations
For any alternative fuel in transport, the key question is: what about infrastructure? As in, how much does infrastructure cost, what are the environmental effects, and who is actually going to pay... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 24, 2015

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7:40 PM | Could Recycling Wastewater Solve California’s Water Problem?
California is currently in the midst of a four-year drought. And after record-low snowfalls over the winter, Gov. Jerry Brown imposed water use restrictions for the first time in the state’s history. His plan to conserve water includes the imposition of a 25-percent reduction on local water-supplying agencies. This means residents will have to adjust … Continue reading →
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5:46 PM | Sustainability Reporting and Ranking Transparency: CDP
Adam Gordon, an alumni of the M.S. in Sustainability Management program, recently returned to campus to talk about his work at CDP as a supply chain account manager.
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5:35 PM | Free Your Food: The Possibilities for an Unmonetized Food System
Why would someone turn down a free lunch? And why is the concept of an un-monetized foodsystem (i.e. one that is not reliant upon money) so marginal?
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1:15 PM | Worn Wear - A Traveling Patagonia Repair Shop!
@Patagonia rep patching my jacket with tenacious tap for free @newBelgiumBrewing with the Holler Playing in the background!A photo posted by Kristopher Hite PhD (@odinsravens) on Apr 23, 2015 at 3:30pm PDT

April 23, 2015

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6:12 PM | The world’s first sustainable surfboard made of algaeUC San...
The world’s first sustainable surfboard made of algaeUC San Diego biology and chemistry students have created the world’s first algae-based, sustainable surfboard.The project began several months ago when undergraduate biology students began working with a group of undergraduate chemistry students to solve a basic chemistry problem: how to make the precursor of the polyurethane foam core of a surfboard from algae oil. (Polyurethane surfboards today are made exclusively from […]

April 22, 2015

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6:39 PM | Earth Day Turns 45
Ever since Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, the event has adapted to the ...

Liu C, Gallagher JJ, Sakimoto KK, Nichols EM, Chang CJ, Chang MC & Yang P (2015). Nanowire-Bacteria Hybrids for Unassisted Solar Carbon Dioxide Fixation to Value-Added Chemicals., Nano Letters, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25848808

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April 21, 2015

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2:32 PM | 10 Ways That Latin America is Driving Global Climate Action
2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. To celebrate these 10 Years of Results, we will be sharing our favorite lists of 10 throughout the year. Latin American cities have enormous potential to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions – C40 research indicates that together they could cut emissions by 2,500 MtCO2 by 2030, or the equivalent…

April 20, 2015

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8:18 PM | Urban green spaces: Insights from Valencia
http://www.researchblogging.org"> alt="ResearchBlogging.org" src="http://www.researchblogging.org/public/citation_icons/rb2_large_gray.png" style="border:0;"/>Visiting the city of Valencia in Spain for the first time, we were pleasantly greeted by the subtle aroma of orange blossoms in the air and the sight of beautiful oranges dangling from the orange trees that line the street pavements. Whilst many parts of the city are bordered with trees, there are also other green spaces,  […]

Searle, S., Turnbull, M., Boelman, N., Schuster, W., Yakir, D. & Griffin, K. (2012). Urban environment of New York City promotes growth in northern red oak seedlings, Tree Physiology, 32 (4) 389-400. DOI: 10.1093/treephys/tps027

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8:18 PM | Urban green spaces: Insights from Valencia
http://www.researchblogging.org"> alt="ResearchBlogging.org" src="http://www.researchblogging.org/public/citation_icons/rb2_large_gray.png" style="border:0;"/>Visiting the city of Valencia in Spain for the first time, we were pleasantly greeted by the subtle aroma of orange blossoms in the air and the sight of beautiful oranges dangling from the orange trees that line the street pavements. Whilst many parts of the city are bordered with trees, there are also other green spaces,  […]

Searle, S., Turnbull, M., Boelman, N., Schuster, W., Yakir, D. & Griffin, K. (2012). Urban environment of New York City promotes growth in northern red oak seedlings, Tree Physiology, 32 (4) 389-400. DOI: 10.1093/treephys/tps027

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April 16, 2015

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2:00 PM | Creating “Years of Sustainable Development:” Anticipating and responding to Mega Trends
By Dr. Alan D. Hecht and Barb Walton Late last year, Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs pronounced 2015 the “Year of Sustainable Development,” reflecting the United Nations’ efforts to identify goals and agree on greenhouse gas emission targets for the decades ahead. The increase in greenhouse gas emissions and anticipated yet unquantifiable impact on climate […]
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12:03 PM | Not yet, on sustainability, it seems....
This post is triggered by the beginning of the biking season here.  Joy of joys!!  When the snow's gone and the temperature gets far enough above freezing for weaklings like me to venture out on my bike, I like to see what's changed along the many various paths that are here, since the previous autumn when I put my bike in the basement to wait out the long, icy winter.  My usual reaction is that an important message hasn't gotten through at all.We live in a land-grant university […]

April 15, 2015

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11:27 AM | Indian Railways and Military Go Solar
There’s been no shortage recently of big companies going big on solar, nor of middlemen trying to pave the way for bulk buying of solar power, but when the beast that is national procurement gets... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:01 AM | Community Support for ORCID – Who’s next to the plate?
Geoff Bilder, Jennifer Lin, Cameron Neylon The announcement of a $3M grant from the Helmsley Trust to ORCID is a cause for celebration. For many of us who have been involved with ORCID, whether at the centre or the edges, the road to sustainability has been a long one, but with this grant (alongside some other recent successes) the funding is in place to take the organization to where it needs to be as a viable membership organization providing critical community services. When we wrote the […]

April 13, 2015

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10:30 AM | GIFT at the Assembly: Mineral Resources
The EGU’s Geosciences Information for Teachers (GIFT) programme offers teachers attending the conference the opportunity to hone their Earth science skills. The General Assembly workshop is one of GIFT’s most important activities of the year, combining talks on current research with hands-on activities presented by educators. What’s more, scientists can also come to the sessions – here’s what’s in store… The theme of this […]

April 10, 2015

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2:57 PM | The Power and Limits of Pope Francis’s Climate Change Campaign
The value and limits of Pope Francis's call for action on global warming as a moral imperative.

April 09, 2015

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3:11 PM | Lessons in Sustainability Policy
On April 7, 2015, the Earth Institute hosted a panel event and reception on ‘Sustainability Policy: Progress and Opportunity.’ Over 170 students, faculty, and local professionals gathered in Low Library to hear a panel of experts speak about sustainability and the role of government. Panelists discussed local-level policy, the role of metrics, and what the future of sustainability requires.
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9:00 AM | What are “Garden Cities” Without a Garden Culture? How a Cultural Connection with Nature Can Build a Truly Sustainable Future
This marks the fourth year that my partner Suhee Kang and I have been studying, working with, living with, and learning from individuals in East Asia and the U.S. who are at the forefront of the sustainable (agri)culture movement. During this time, our primary goal has been the making of a documentary film, “Final Straw: … Continue reading What are “Garden Cities” Without a Garden Culture? How a Cultural Connection with Nature Can Build a Truly Sustainable Future →

April 08, 2015

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8:08 PM | Twofer: Using Algae on Wastewater Aids Cleanup & Produces...
Twofer: Using Algae on Wastewater Aids Cleanup & Produces BiofuelThis is fantastic, and frankly, I’m surprised this kind of research wasn’t investigated further till now. Seems like they could be a perfect marriage, especially as society pushes for alternative energy sources and sustainable practices. Highlights:In one of the first studies to examine the potential for using municipal wastewater as a feedstock for algae-based biofuels, Rice University scientists found they […]
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2:13 PM | Nano-Crystalline Metals and Sustainability
You’ve read a lot on this blog about how nanoparticles provide amazing opportunities for developing new materials. Over the next few years, we will have incredible advances in sustainable energy, biology, and more based on these new substances that never existed before. But what about the old, structural materials used in our buildings and cars?  […]

April 07, 2015

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7:00 PM | Earth Institute Summer 2015 Internships
This summer, the Earth Institute is offering Columbia students opportunities to intern within various departments and research centers at the institute. All full-time Columbia and Barnard students are eligible to apply. These internships are funded at a rate of $15 an hour for 20 hours per week and up to a maximum of 120 hours for summer 2015.

April 06, 2015

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6:47 PM | Summer 2015 Internship Openings
Are you a Columbia or Barnard student seeking an internship for summer 2015? Are you interested in topics of sustainability and environmental policy? Apply to be an Administrative and Research intern in the Executive Director's Office at the Earth Institute. Interns will provide research and editing support for reports, articles, case studies, and presentations, and administrative support as needed. Apply by April 27th!

April 02, 2015

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1:00 PM | Complex and Useful, Green Is Infrastructure
A review of Green Infrastructure: A Landscape Approach by David C. Rouse and Ignacio F. Bunster-Ossa. 2013. 157 pages. ISBN: 978-1-611900-62-0. Report Number 571. Planning Advisory Service. American Planning Association. This PAS Report, in line with the current principles of sustainability, discusses green infrastructure (GI) as the visible expression of natural and human ecosystem processes … Continue reading Complex and Useful, Green Is Infrastructure →

March 31, 2015

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9:01 PM | The Age of Sustainable Development
It is profoundly depressing to hear pundits and politicians talking about the prospects for economic growth with no reference to either equity or environmental constraints. In the case of New Zealand a “rock star” economy can apparently develop accompanied by dismaying levels of child poverty, excited expectations of new oil and gas discoveries which spell […]
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4:23 PM | A Tale of Two City-States
How Hong Kong and Singapore Went from Fishing Villages to Urban Lodestars I’m writing this on a flight from Hong Kong where news has just broken that the father of the Singaporean city-state Lee Kuan... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 30, 2015

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5:34 PM | Indian Sundarban
We arrived in Kolkata, and filmed by the Hooghly River. While it is no longer the main channel of the Ganges, it is still the Holy Ganges and we saw a funeral procession spreading ashes of a loved one while filming there. Then a 5 hour trip by car, ferry, rickshaw and boat to the Indian Sundarbans. The mangrove forest here is undergoing more erosion and land loss than in Bangladesh, where more river sediments can replenish it. The water here is more saline and the trees are small. A tiger […]

March 29, 2015

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4:36 PM | Agriculture and Silicon Valley: Dream team?
“It’s 2020. Drones are flying over the tomato plants, taking constant quick snapshots of the field to look for problems. A stream of ultra-accurate weather data informs crop decisions, while a handheld pathogen detection system sets off alerts for diseases in the field in a matter of minutes. The whole farm is hooked up to … Continue reading Agriculture and Silicon Valley: Dream team? The post Agriculture and Silicon Valley: Dream team? appeared first on Plant DNA Science.
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