Eco Matters

A Business Case for Restoring and Protecting Ecosystems

September 4, 2014

ExecutiveJeffery Potent writes about how corporations are thinking about their impact on ecosystems in terms of economic quantification in order to achieve more sustainable practices. His upcoming EICES certificate course will also explore how leading corporations are innovating to address environmental and social issues from a business perspective.

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Fall Courses in Sustainability & Conservation

September 2, 2014

ExecutiveThe Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability (EICES) at Columbia University invites you to enroll in courses this Fall via our Certificate Program in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability.

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Studies Find Climate Change to Disrupt Antarctic and Tropical Ecosystems

August 14, 2014

Krill shortages will impact Adélie penguins’ foraging and reproductive abilities.A recent study finds that West Antarctica’s ecosystem is highly correlated to its climate. As a result, climate change will have a negative impact on its ecological relationships, from plankton to penguins. Antarctica isn’t alone - climate change will also affect tropical ocean ecosystems by causing mass coral bleaching.

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Exploring Ecology and History in Bermuda

July 30, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI learned about the coral reef ecology course in Bermuda offered through the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability (EICES) at Columbia University after developing an interest in marine science over the past year. My background is in newspaper journalism, but I’m now a communications professional at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), devoted to promoting the great work of our scientists around the globe, including those in marine conservation. My supervisors and peers encouraged me to seize the opportunity to take the class since continuing education is something that's valued at WCS.

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An Overview of President Obama’s Climate Proposal

June 25, 2014

President Barack Obama on the phone.On June 2, President Obama announced the most significant climate plan in history. The plan, if enacted as stands, seeks to cut carbon emissions on a state-by-state basis, while giving the states almost limitless freedom on how to do so, as long as they adhere to EPA guidelines. Historic it may be, but is it enough to have a real impact on our rapidly changing climate?

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Driverless Cars: A Viable Solution to Sustainable Mobility?

June 13, 2014

googleGoogle has introduced a brand new type of driverless car that runs on electricity: one without a steering wheel, brake, or accelerator pedal.

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Seeger’s Legacy Lives on Aboard Sloop Clearwater

May 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

DSC_1665In the summer of 1969, legendary folk musician and activist Pete Seeger headed a grassroots campaign to clean up the polluted Hudson River. At the heart of that campaign was a replica of a 200-year-old sailing ship– the sloop Clearwater. Nearly 50 years later, Clearwater remains an emblem of environmental reform. But with Seeger’s death at age 94 this past January, what will become of his cause?

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A Renewing Interest in Energy

May 13, 2014

Ozgur SahinShould Ozgur Sahin, associate professor of biological sciences and physics of Columbia University, continue expanding upon his work in researching how the tiny movements of microbes can be harnessed to create electrical and mechanical energy, it may pave the way for a world fueled by bacterial spores.

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Dissolving the Future of Coral Reefs

April 9, 2014

DSCF3623Coral reefs, some of the planet's most beautiful and biodiverse ecosystems, face many natural and anthropogenic threats. Tremendous effort has gone into protecting and rehabilitating these reefs worldwide, but the mounting problem of ocean acidification has the potential to obliterate all progress made by marine scientists, conservationists, and policy-makers thus far.

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Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer and More Open World

April 1, 2014

Big_PivotAuthor Andrew Winston will explore "the mega challenges of climate change, scarcity, and radical transparency that threaten our ability to run an expanding global economy and that are profoundly changing business as usual." He will provide cause for optimism as he profiles leaders in the business community who are bringing value to society and positioning themselves to capture the unprecedented opportunities that will emerge in responding to these challenges. These individuals and companies, and others to come, will be "the winners of this new game who will profit mightily."

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