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SEE-U Agro/Food Systems Begins

by |July 7th, 2016

This week kicked off the first SEE-U Agro/Food Systems Program at EICES. A 10-student cohort of undergraduates will be spending the next six weeks studying and analyzing the agro-ecosystems of New York City and the Harlem and Hudson Valleys, from urban and peri-urban farms to rooftop gardens.   Students will also explore the “food to fork” pathways from growing to harvesting… read more

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Coming Fall 2016: Environmental Economics

by |July 6th, 2016

This September, join Urvashi Kaul, RFK Compass Education Manager and Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at SIPA, for her Executive Education course, Environmental Economics. This course provides an introduction to environmental economics through a discussion of the basic principles of microeconomics as they apply to environmental issues and analysis of case studies that illustrate how… read more

Coming Fall 2016: Environmental Markets

by |June 30th, 2016

This September, join Richard Weihe, Managing Partner at renewable energy and environmental markets firm, Karbone, for his course Environmental Markets: The Nexus of Business, Regulation, and Sustainability. Companies around the world are developing innovative solutions in the area of energy efficiency, water infrastructure, and waste management technologies. The leading companies in these markets are fast becoming major drivers of… read more

Executive Education Program in Conservation & Environmental Sustainability

by |June 22nd, 2016

Why study Conservation & Environmental Sustainability? The 21st century faces unprecedented environmental changes, from climate change and urbanization to deforestation and biodiversity loss. As Earth’s ecosystems are disrupted, we face the loss of ecosystem services: the benefits humans receive from healthy ecosystems (e.g. clean drinking water, crop pollination, recreational spaces). Confronting today’s environmental challenges requires… read more

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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Interview with EICES Director Shahid Naeem

by |June 10th, 2016

On a recent visit to Bangalore, India, EICES Director Dr. Shahid Naeem was interviewed by the National Center for Biological Sciences. The interview discusses Dr. Naeem’s research on the role of biodiversity in ecosystem functioning over 20 years ago, and the importance of his publication in Nature in 1994. This article, “Declining Biodiversity Can Alter the Performance of… 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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