Is Vertical Farming an Economically Viable Solution to Feeding Our Growing Planet?

by |July 20th, 2017

By Hannah Weiss, student in SEE-U NYC: Agro-eco and Food Systems Vertical farming, similar to indoor farming, is commonly understood as the practice of growing food indoors by controlling all elements of its development. The only difference between vertical farming and indoor farming? Scale. Vertical farms are stacked and multi-story, typically occupying entire skyscrapers, whereas… read more

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2017 Forum on Sustainable Agriculture

by |April 11th, 2017

On April 27th, Columbia University’s Earth Institute, the School of International and Public Affairs, the Center for Agriculture and Food Security, and the Columbia Water Center will present the 2017 Forum on Sustainable Agriculture. The Forum will continue a discussion on the global challenge of providing food for a growing population while also mitigating and… read more

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Sustainable Agriculture Through Innovation and Collaboration

by |November 10th, 2016

Sustainable Agriculture Through Innovation and Collaboration Jeffrey Potent, Adjunct Professor Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs and the Columbia Earth Institute Agriculture is sustainable when it nourishes people and restores and protects the land, air, water and other living creatures.  It is sustainable when it mitigates and is resilient to climate change and… read more

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Restoring Natural Capital Can Help Reduce Extreme Poverty

by |September 9th, 2016

See the link below for a blog posting from EICES affiliate, Pushpam Kumar: Restoring Natural Capital Can Help Reduce Extreme Poverty

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Huge Diversity Among Bacteria-Eating Microorganisms in Soil

by |June 21st, 2016

Scientists in Denmark recently published a study in the ISME Journal that shows great diversity among bacteria-eating microorganisms called Cercozoa. In four soil samples of half a gram of soil, over 1,000 different species of Cercozoa were found. This study was conducted in conjunction with research on the consequences of climate change in Denmark. The research… read more

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Natural Capital: From Buzzword to Serious Action

by |June 15th, 2016

This blog post was written by EICES adjunct Dr. Pushpam Kumar, Chief of the Ecosystem Services Economics Unit, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Last month, the United Environmental Assembly 2 (UNEA 2) through its universal Member States (representatives of 193 countries of the world) passed the Resolution on ‘Sustainable… read more

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Pesticides from Non-Crop Plants Affect Honeybees

by |June 2nd, 2016

According to a recent study at Purdue University, honeybees are exposed to large quantities of pesticides from non-crop plants. The majority of plants pollinated by honeybees are uncultivated, largely in the clover and alfalfa family. In this study, the highest concentration of pesticides found in bee pollen came from the class of pyrethroids, which are toxic… read more

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Stewards of the Earth: Hope for Our Planet

by |June 1st, 2016

As part of the 2016 World Science Festival, EICES Director Shahid Naeem will be speaking on a panel this Friday, aptly named “Stewards of the Earth: Hope for Our Planet.” Hosted by the American Museum of Natural History and moderated by ABC’s Bill Blakemore, this discussion will bring together several influential ecologists and thinkers to tackle the issue of… read more

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Can Economic Incentives Truly Drive Conservation?

by |May 26th, 2016

In a blog post last month on the Public Library of Science (PLoS) Blog, Dr. Katie Barry examined research on the economic valuation of ecosystem services. Ecosystem services, such as pollination, soil retention, and pest control, are defined as the functions of ecosystems from which humans benefit. Today, various ecosystem services are being negatively affected by climate change and… read more

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Dietary Guidelines: Encouraging Healthy Eating, and Perhaps Environmental Sustainability

by |May 19th, 2016

Today the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) released a joint report which examines government-issued dietary guidelines around the world and how they incorporate environmental sustainability. Through interviews and a web-based review, researchers found that only four countries (Brazil, Germany, Qatar, and Sweden) have included sustainability in their food-based dietary guidelines (FBDGs)…. read more

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