Events

Monday, October 23, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Online
The Earth Institute and Columbia University's School of Professional Studies co-sponsor four programs in sustainability: the Master of Science in Sustainability Management, which emphasizes sustainability that prioritizes the protection of Earth's systems and resources as well as the spread of social and economic opportunities for all people; the Certification in Sustainability Analytics, which provides the technical and quantitative skills to collect, disseminate, and analyze sustainability-related information; the Certification in Sustainable Water Management, which focuses on water issues at the nexus of natural science, social science, and public policy; and the Certification in Sustainable Finance, which combines training in sustainability and financial management through the concepts of sustainability economics, investment, accounting, risk management, and communication. During this online information session, Steven Cohen, Executive Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia and Director of the Sustainability Management master's program, will discuss these options and will be joined by program administrators and admissions representatives.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027 Room 1501
"The 21st Century Needs More Health Diplomats,” a lecture by Jimmy Kolker, Former Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs and Chief Health Diplomat, Department of Health and Human Services. This lecture is presented by the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, co-sponsored by the Program on Global Health Security and Diplomacy, Columbia University Medical Center, and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027 Room 1512
THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates the impacts of climate change, resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, extreme weather, drought, and sea-level rise function as accelerants of instability and catalysts for conflict. Left unchecked, these threats and risks will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century. Military veterans take us beyond the headlines and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, extreme weather, drought, and sea-level rise function as 'accelerants of instability' and 'catalysts for conflict' in volatile regions of the world. These Pentagon insiders make the compelling case that if we go on with business as usual, the consequences of climate change - waves of refugees, failed states, terrorism - will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century. The film's unnerving assessment is by no means reason for fatalism - but instead a call to action to rethink how we use and produce energy. In any military defense strategy, time is the most precious resource. Q&A with: Solomon Hsiang, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley; Richard Seager, Palisades Geophysical Institute - Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Mark Cane, Columbia, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Sophie Robinson, Executive Producer, The Age of Consequences
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Low Library, 535 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 Rotunda
Sustainable living is a way of life that sees material consumption as a means rather than as an end, and attempts to use as few resources as possible to reduce carbon footprint and environmental damage. Consumption patterns are changing, and the sustainable lifestyle is playing a key role in the movement toward a sustainable economy. This panel will provide a broad discussion of the sustainable lifestyle, and look specifically at the growth of the sharing economy to demonstrate the changes in the how we consume and use goods and services. Sharing has always been a part of urban life, but in the past few years, cities have seen a significant revival and acceleration in sharing activity and innovation. Around the world, people are now welcoming guests into spare rooms, sharing clothes and equipment, and paying for rides in cars of people they don’t know. This panel will look at how the sharing economy is starting to change our cities, from innovative technologies and business models to redefined concepts of equity and safety. The event will look at how the sharing economy can lead to more sustainable consumption while remaining compatible with continued economic growth. Panelists will also discuss some of the policy and regulatory challenges facing these new types of companies, and will look at the future of the sharing economy in today’s cities. Panelists include: • Jason Post, Director of Public Policy and Communications, Uber • Sarah Flint Stender, Quality Assurance and Sustainability Manager, Rent the Runway • Michael D'Agostino, Founder and CEO, Tentrr • William Eimicke, Director, Picker Center for Executive Education and Professor of Practice, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) Moderator: Steven Cohen, Executive Director, The Earth Institute This event is free and open to the public. The panel will be followed by a reception with food and drink.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027 Room 1501
Drawing on his extensive experience of writing and reporting on climate and environmental sustainability, Andrew Revkin reflects on the role of media and the scientific community in the current moment, and the challenges and opportunities of sustaining a public dialogue on climate change and related issues. Introduction and moderation by Dr. Peter DeMenocal, Dean of Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and founding director of the Columbia University Center for Climate and Life. Andrew Revkin is one of America’s most honored and experienced writers on environmental sustainability and a leading innovator in using new communication tools to foster progress on a finite, noisy, fast-forward planet. Since late 2016, he has been the senior reporter for climate and related issues at ProPublica.org. He joined the prize-winning public-interest newsroom after 21 years of writing for The New York Times, most recently through his Dot Earth blog for the Opinion section, and six years teaching at Pace University. Revkin has won most of the top awards in science journalism, along with a Guggenheim Fellowship, Columbia University’s John Chancellor Award for sustained journalistic excellence and an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award. This event is part of the INCITEment series hosted by the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE), and is co-hosted by the Earth Institute, Columbia University.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 World Room
Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) for the continuation of our "Where Next on Climate?" Series. On the eve of the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP-23) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (November 6 to 17, in Bonn), this installment of the series will focus on the future of the international climate negotiations. What are the stakes for the United States and other parties at COP-23 and in the broader UNFCCC negotiations? Can the other parties sustain momentum in the wake of the announcement by President Trump that the United States intends to withdraw from the Paris climate accord? In what ways could the US announcement affect the UNFCCC process going forward? To address these, and many other questions, Jonathan Elkind, Fellow and Senior Adjunct Research Scholar at CGEP will moderate the discussion which will feature the following experts: - Susan Biniaz, former U.S. Department of State Climate Lawyer; Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School - Daniel A Reifsnyder, former Co-Chair of the Paris Agreement Negotiations; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment, U.S. Department of State - Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, School of International and Public Affairs Registration is required. Guests unable to attend can view a livestream of the event at energypolicy.columbia.edu/watch. A podcast of this event will be available ~7 days after the date of the event through iTunes and our website. This event is open to press. Please direct media inquiries to Jamie Shellenberger-Bessmann (jas2453@sipa.columbia.edu)
Thursday, November 2, 2017 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Online
The Earth Institute and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) present an online information session on the M.A. in Climate and Society. The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is a 12-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. During the online information session perspective students will have the opportunity to learn about the program and ask questions. Call in details will be provided to those who RSVP.
Friday, November 10, 2017 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
Laure Zanna Associate Professor Department of Physics The University of Oxford https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/contacts/people/zanna
Monday, November 13, 2017 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Schermerhorn Extension, 1200 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027 556 Schermerhorn Extension
The Earth Institute and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) present an online information session on the M.A. in Climate and Society. The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is a 12-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. During the information session perspective students will have the opportunity to learn about the program, meet Co-Director Mingfang Ting and ask questions.
Monday, November 13, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Off-campus
Please join us on Monday, November 13th at 7pm as Steven Cohen discusses his new book The Sustainable City at Book Culture on 112th. In The Sustainable City, Steven Cohen provides a broad and engaging overview of the urban systems of the twenty-first century, surveying policies and projects already under way in cities around the world and pointing to more ways progress can be made. Cohen discusses the sustainable city from an organizational-management and public-policy perspective that emphasizes the local level, looking at case studies of existing legislation, programs, and public-private partnerships that strive to align modern urban life and sustainability. From waste management in Beijing to energy infrastructure in Africa to public space in Washington, D.C., there are concrete examples of what we can do right now. Cohen synthesizes the disparate strands of sustainable city planning in an approachable and applicable guide that highlights how these issues touch our lives on a daily basis, whether the transportation we take, where our energy comes from, or what becomes of our food waste. Providing recommendations and insights with immediacy and relevance, this book has invaluable lessons for anyone seeking to link public policy to promoting a sustainable lifestyle.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Roy And Diana Vagelos Education Center, 104 Haven Ave., New York, NY 10032 401
The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research cordially invites Columbia University’s research community to attend the Fall 2017 Research Social, featuring Columbia’s industry-specific lab-to-market technology accelerator programs.
Thursday, November 16, 2017 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Online
The Earth Institute and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) present an online information session on the M.A. in Climate and Society. The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is a 12-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. During the online information session perspective students will have the opportunity to learn about the program and ask questions. Call in details will be provided to those who RSVP.
Thursday, November 16, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
The Earth Institute's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The briefing, delivered by the IRI's Chief Climate Forecaster Tony Barnston, explains the upcoming IRI ENSO forecast and seasonal climate (precipitation, temperature) forecast. Tony will also discuss the implications of the forecast on society around the globe, and the probabilities and skills of the current forecast.
Thursday, November 16, 2017 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 555
The Postdoctoral Fellows program is unique in its mission to train a generation of professionals equipped to address some of the world's most urgent problems. The symposium highlights the work of current Research Fellows. Speakers include: • Ruthie Birger: “Asymptomatic shedding of respiratory virus among an ambulatory population” • Kyle Davis: “A multidimensional approach to food production decision making” • Alexandra Karambelas: “Quantifying near-term air pollution and health outcomes over India from lowering residential and transportation combustion emissions” • Nandini Velho: “Understanding conservation challenges around India's tiger reserves” The Symposium will be presented and moderated by John C. Mutter, Director of Graduate Studies, SDEV Ph.D. program; Director, Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellows program; Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Seismology Seminar Room
Maureen Raymo (Bruce C Higgins Professor) will discuss the causes of climate change and actions that people can take to mitigate impacts. Nichole Anest (Curator) and staff members will share learning activities that utilize resources from the Lamont-Doherty Core Repository. Free to members of the Columbia University Community.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Online
The Earth Institute and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) present an online information session on the M.A. in Climate and Society. The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is a 12-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. During the online information session perspective students will have the opportunity to learn about the program and ask questions. Call in details will be provided to those who RSVP.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027 Room 1501
The Earth Institute's Office of Academic and Research Programs and the School of International and Public Affairs present the Fall Final Briefings, for the Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy. Open to the public.
Friday, December 1, 2017 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
Raymond S. Bradley University Distinguished Professor, Department of Geosciences Director of the Climate System Research Center University of Massachusetts, Amherst https://www.geo.umass.edu/faculty/bradley/
Friday, December 8, 2017 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
Eric M. Dunham Associate Professor Department of Geophysics Stanford University https://pangea.stanford.edu/~edunham/
Friday, December 8, 2017 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
Eric M. Durham Associate Professor Department of Geophysics Stanford University https://pangea.stanford.edu/~edunham/
Monday, December 18, 2017 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Online
The Earth Institute and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) present an online information session on the M.A. in Climate and Society. The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is a 12-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. During the online information session perspective students will have the opportunity to learn about the program and ask questions. Call in details will be provided to those who RSVP.
Thursday, December 21, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
The Earth Institute's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The briefing, delivered by the IRI's Chief Climate Forecaster Tony Barnston, explains the upcoming IRI ENSO forecast and seasonal climate (precipitation, temperature) forecast. Tony will also discuss the implications of the forecast on society around the globe, and the probabilities and skills of the current forecast.
Saturday, January 13, 2018 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Seismology Seminar Room
Dr. Ajit Subramaniam will share results of research into the impacts that nutrients in the world's great rivers, such as the Amazon and Mekong, have on ocean plankton. Free to members of the Columbia University Community
Thursday, January 18, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
The Earth Institute's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The briefing, delivered by the IRI's Chief Climate Forecaster Tony Barnston, explains the upcoming IRI ENSO forecast and seasonal climate (precipitation, temperature) forecast. Tony will also discuss the implications of the forecast on society around the globe, and the probabilities and skills of the current forecast.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Online
The Earth Institute and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) present an online information session on the M.A. in Climate and Society. The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is a 12-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. During the online information session perspective students will have the opportunity to learn about the program and ask questions. Call in details will be provided to those who RSVP.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Seismology Seminar Room
Dr. Alexey Kaplain shares research results investigating ocean dynamics and the El Nino Southern Oscillation, especially impacts on global climates.
Thursday, February 15, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
The Earth Institute's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The briefing, delivered by the IRI's Chief Climate Forecaster Tony Barnston, explains the upcoming IRI ENSO forecast and seasonal climate (precipitation, temperature) forecast. Tony will also discuss the implications of the forecast on society around the globe, and the probabilities and skills of the current forecast.
Saturday, March 10, 2018 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Seismology Seminar Room
The Maurice Ewing Research Professor, Dr. Taro Takahashi, will discuss recent investigations into the global carbon cycle and identify some of the challenges facing the next generations.
Thursday, March 15, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
The Earth Institute's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The briefing, delivered by the IRI's Chief Climate Forecaster Tony Barnston, explains the upcoming IRI ENSO forecast and seasonal climate (precipitation, temperature) forecast. Tony will also discuss the implications of the forecast on society around the globe, and the probabilities and skills of the current forecast.
Saturday, April 14, 2018 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Seismology Seminar Room
Dr. Chris Zappa will describe research discoveries achieved by the Observatory for Air-Sea Interaction Studies (OASIS). Exploration of the ocean-atmosphere boundary layers provides new insights into such fields as sea-air carbon dioxide exchange, wave dynamics, non-satellite remote sensing, and boundary-layer processes.
Thursday, April 19, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
The Earth Institute's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The briefing, delivered by the IRI's Chief Climate Forecaster Tony Barnston, explains the upcoming IRI ENSO forecast and seasonal climate (precipitation, temperature) forecast. Tony will also discuss the implications of the forecast on society around the globe, and the probabilities and skills of the current forecast.
Saturday, May 5, 2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Seismology Seminar Room
Dr. Dallas Abbott shares results of recent research studies she and colleagues have been conducting into a variety of environmental problems identified in the Hudson River.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
The Earth Institute's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The briefing, delivered by the IRI's Chief Climate Forecaster Tony Barnston, explains the upcoming IRI ENSO forecast and seasonal climate (precipitation, temperature) forecast. Tony will also discuss the implications of the forecast on society around the globe, and the probabilities and skills of the current forecast.