October 29, 2014

7:40 PM | ​Even World War III Won't Prevent A Population Bomb, Say Scientists
A new study concludes that strict fertility measures, such as a one-child policy, or even a mass catastrophe like a global plague or a third world war, would not have a significant effect on the human population trajectory this century.Read more...
5:50 PM | Copy Cat!: Fighting the Global Water Scarcity Issue
According to the World Water Management Institute, over one-third of the human population is affected by water scarcity. Advances in physical understanding, its applications, and the study of our environment and bio-mimicry help us develop more effective ways to fight freshwater scarcity around the world.

October 28, 2014

6:50 PM | Don't Let Your Halloween Candy Kill Orangutans
Sumatra and Borneo are the only places in the world where orangutans – the so-called "red apes" – live in the wild. Both species are endangered, the Sumatran one critically so. And your Halloween candy could be, at least in part, to blame.Read more...
5:22 PM | Corporations Should Mean What They Say on Sustainability
Nowadays, it seems like every big company promotes an image of sustainability. A common example is the now-ubiquitous hotel-bathroom notice invoking images of ocean animals or pastoral scenery in an... -- Read more on

October 27, 2014

5:00 PM | Berkeley Lab Tackles Vaccine Delivery Problem with Portable Solar-Powered Vaccine Fridge
Vaccines are arguably one of the most important inventions of mankind. Unfortunately, vaccines must be produced and stored in an environment with very tight temperature regulation – between 36 °F and 46 °F – to keep the vaccine bugs alive. So vaccine delivery is a major problem due to the absence of reliable refrigeration in […]

October 24, 2014

8:18 PM | This Week in EPA Science
By Kacey Fitzpatrick Competition can bring out the best in people or the worst in people. Anyone who’s been watching the World Series or following football this season knows what I mean. But when it comes to competing for sustainability, everybody wins! Read about the student teams selected to compete for this year’s People, Prosperity, […]
3:07 PM | Sustainability and Resilience: Making the Connection
By Alan Hecht, Ph.D. When most people consider “resilience,” they think about bouncing back from some sort of unwelcome catastrophe. Whether it’s “super storms” devastating coastal communities and disrupting millions of people along the east coast, wildfires in the mountain and western states, or natural disasters and related, human-caused emergencies such as the tsunami and […]

October 23, 2014

2:00 PM | Designing a Sustainability Framework for China
Earth Institute Executive Director Steven Cohen traveled to Beijing to formalize a partnership with the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, the preeminent think tank in China, to design sustainability metrics based on China’s unique development conditions.

October 20, 2014

9:50 PM | Cohen: China’s Pollution Problems Mirroring U.S. Experience
China’s problems with air pollution mirror what the United States went through during the rapid economic growth following World War II, and the solutions will likely be the same, Earth Institute Executive Director Steven Cohen said Saturday on an English-language news program on China Central Television.
2:27 PM | Biodiversity emerges as key U.N. development goal – The Korea Herald
Around 25,000 participants and observers from 164 countries agreed to ask the UN to emphasize biodiversity as an essential component of sustainable development. Continue reading →

October 17, 2014

7:23 AM | Never Mind the Anthropocene – Beware the ‘Manthropocene’
A look at the gender factor in assessing the Anthropocene -- the age of "man."

October 16, 2014

4:03 PM | The benefits of ugly carrots and failed lemons Would you eat a...
The benefits of ugly carrots and failed lemons Would you eat a “hideous orange” or a “ridiculous potato”?  The produce above may look odd, but tastes just the same. Grocery stores commonly throw away anywhere from 20-40% of their fruits and vegetables simply because of the way they look. This is just one of the steps in the “farm to fork” process where food is unnecessarily thrown away. In fact the United States wastes almost 40% of food to landfill. If […]
1:45 PM | The Global Perspective of Space and Deep-sea Explorer Kathryn Sullivan
There is currently a person on this planet who has traveled to outer space and to the deep sea. Many of us dream of one or the other; to dream of both at once seems overly ambitious or even greedy.... -- Read more on
12:40 AM | Lockheed May Have Just Made A HUGE Breakthrough In Nuclear Fusion
Earlier today (10/15), Lockheed Martin announced that they had achieved a technological breakthrough that makes it possible to generate energy via nuclear fusion. They also said that their new fusion reactors could be ready in as little as 10 years. Tom McGuire, an aeronautical engineer, leads the project. According to McGuire, Lockheed has been working on the project for about four years in its Skunk Works department (an alias for their classified advanced development […]

October 14, 2014

12:00 PM | Lovely grub—are insects the future of food?
Eating locusts, beetles, mealworms, and more may be key to feeding more humans.

October 13, 2014

5:50 PM | Warming Streams Have Cascading Impacts in the Amazon
To protect a river, you must preserve its headwaters. Agricultural development is warming streams at the headwaters of the Xingu River, in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Rising temperatures have local impacts that could cascade into regional changes, highlighting the importance of responsible land use outside of protected areas.

October 06, 2014

5:44 PM | Scientists Team Up to Talk about Climate Change
As many as 400,000 people voiced their concern about climate change during the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21. Held just before the United Nations Climate Summit, the march... -- Read more on
1:27 PM | Usability Testing, the Report on the Environment, and My Time at EPA
By Taylor Katz As a student of Environmental Health at George Washington University, I was excited to be asked to contribute to the Agency’s Report on the Environment (ROE). The Report is a compilation of information on the best available indicators of national conditions and trends in air, water, land, human heath, ecological systems, and […]

October 04, 2014

11:03 PM | The World’s Largest Coal Mining Company Just Invested $1.2 Billion In Solar Power
Editor’s Note: I am extremely excited to announce that The Higher Learning recently acquired three talented new authors to help us bring you more valuable news and knowledge. Over the next few days we will be introducing you to them and their writing. The following article was authored by Noah Harness.  In the early 1970s, the government of India nationalized the country’s coal reserves to help accommodate the country’s rising energy demands. By 1975, the Indian […]

October 03, 2014

4:55 PM | Environmental Earth Science in the News Roundup #3
From composting to ways the Earth can kill you. We've got a bit of everything in this week's roundup. Continue reading →

October 02, 2014

9:48 PM | Internship Opportunity for Millennium Villages
As the Earth Institute’s monitoring and evaluation team gears up for its final evaluation of 10 Millennium Village sites, we are currently recruiting a qualitative research assistant intern to support field researchers conducting process evaluation studies across East and West Africa.

October 01, 2014

1:02 PM | No-waste computing
Your smartphone may not throw away gas as you finger it, but be sure that it is a source of greenhouse pollution. “The emissions associated to keep an internet server working are around 3 metric tons of CO2 per year, comparable to those of gasoline burned by car in the same time, 4.75 metric tons”, says Zhenhua Liu, a researcher in IT and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, who points out that the emissions of IT in the... Read more
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