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Featured C+Ser: Aisha Muhammad

by |January 29th, 2016

It was a fortuitous flyer that brought Aisha Muhammad to C+S.

She was headed to Columbia for a information session at the Business School when a C+S flyer changed the trajectory of her graduate studies. Intrigued, Aisha attend a C+S class and “was hooked and knew it would be a better outlet” for what she wanted to do.

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Introducing the C+S Class of 2016

by |September 23rd, 2015

Earlier this month we welcomed the 12th class of Climate and Society students to Columbia University. This year’s class has 40 students from nine different countries and represent a variety of backgrounds from engineering to economics to environmental science

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M.A. in Climate and Society Information Sessions

by |September 16th, 2015

The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is a twelve-month interdisciplinary Master of Arts program that trains professionals and academics to understand and cope with the impacts of climate variability and climate change on society and the environment.

Learn more about the M.A. in Climate and Society at one of our upcoming information sessions.

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Complete Street Movement: Creating a Behavioral Change in Buffalo’s Urban Center

by |September 9th, 2015

Only a six-hour drive across New York state, Buffalo and New York City have completely different priorities when it comes to sustainability. When it came time to find an internship, I knew I wanted to return home to Buffalo to use my newfound knowledge gleaned from the Climate and Society program to benefit my hometown.

Explaining alternate wetting and drying to farmers. Credit: Katherine Alfredo

Depleting Water Tables In India: Can We Stop It?

by |September 8th, 2015

Water is one of the most precious resources we have, yet we all can remember a time when we left the faucet running (perhaps this morning even). In the developing world, increasing demands to develop, growing populations and the threat of climate change could make water less freely available.

Solar installation in progress on a public school in Brooklyn. 
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An Empire State of (Solar) Mind: How New York Has Become a Leader in the Solar Industry

by |August 27th, 2015

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “solar?” Sunshine, bright, warm? What places then typically come to mind to fit this description? Florida, Los Angeles, Arizona. But how about New York City?

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Building the Road For a Sustainable Future

by |August 26th, 2015

I live in a city. In a typical day, I wake up in the morning and I take a shower, I eat some toast, I drink some coffee, I grab my phone and head out. A normal city life, I guess. What could possibly be uncommon about it?

Delegates convene at the follow-up and review session of the post-2015 development agenda, at UN Headquarters.

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Sustainable Development Goals from the Sideline

by |August 26th, 2015

I was sitting across from various diplomats of the United Nations (UN) member states in conference room 4 at the UN Headquarters in New York. With interpreters speaking rapidly in the background and everyone scanning through the volumes of notes sitting in front of them, the atmosphere was electric with buzz of policy ideas and back and forth discussions about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets.

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It’s the Indicators, Stupid: A Simplistic Overview of the Sustainable Development Goals

by |August 26th, 2015

In some ways, the world is getting better. It’s something that I tend to forget sometimes. Amid all the doom-ridden headlines and the pictures of polar bears treading water, literacy rates are improving, people are escaping extreme poverty and our path as a society has continually become more equal and less violent with an improved quality of life.

Interviewing Alexander Frantzen. Credit: Kuntian Yu for City Atlas

Ignorance is Not Bliss: What Everyone Needs to Know About Our Lifestyle and Greenhouse Gases Emissions

by |August 26th, 2015

Even those who are not interested in climate change and in the well-being of the environment usually know that using inefficient light bulbs rather than efficient ones, eating meat rather than vegetables and traveling by car rather than by public transportation result in higher greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. What they probably do not know is that if you live in a Western country, many of the simple daily actions you do are a major source of emissions. What if I told you that the Western lifestyle is highly unsustainable?