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Introducing the C+S Class of 2016

by | September 23, 2015
Category: News
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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

M.A. in Climate and Society Information Sessions

by | September 16, 2015
Category: News
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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.

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

by | September 9, 2015
Category: Student Voices
A Complete Street in front of City Hall . Credit: GOBike Buffalo

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.

Depleting Water Tables In India: Can We Stop It?

by | September 8, 2015
Category: Student Voices
Explaining alternate wetting and drying to farmers. Credit: Katherine Alfredo

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.

An Empire State of (Solar) Mind: How New York Has Become a Leader in the Solar Industry

by | August 27, 2015
Category: Student Voices
Solar installation in progress on a public school in Brooklyn. 
Credit: Department of Energy Management

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?

Building the Road For a Sustainable Future

by | August 26, 2015
Category: Student Voices
Midtown Manhattan. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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?

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Sustainable Development Goals from the Sideline

by | August 26, 2015
Category: Student Voices
Delegates convene at the follow-up and review session of the post-2015 development agenda, at UN Headquarters.

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.

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

by | August 26, 2015
Category: Student Voices

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.

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

by | August 26, 2015
Category: Student Voices
Interviewing Alexander Frantzen. Credit: Kuntian Yu for City Atlas

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?

Glacial Moraines Influence New Techniques in Micro Biomedicine

by | August 25, 2015
Category: Student Voices
Glacial moraines are created from the shear tension of the huge moving mass of ice. Moraines that form from the pile of sediment built up in front of the glacier are called terminal moraines, moraines formed from sediment left on the sides are called lateral moraines, and sediments piled together from two glaciers pushing together is called a medial moraine. Credit: Wikipedia Commons

A recent piece of biomedical research has drawn extensively from an unexpected source: glacial moraines.