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2013-04-02 12:21:53

NEW YORK, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- James E. Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York has announced he is retiring as the GISS director and leaving government service. Peter Hildebrand, director of the Earth Sciences Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will serve as interim director until a new director is selected through a competitive process. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO)...

2012-11-27 08:21:27

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Climate One at The Commonwealth Club announced today that NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen will be awarded the second annual Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication. The $10,000 award is given to a natural or social scientist who has made extraordinary scientific contributions and communicated that knowledge to a broad public in a clear and compelling fashion. The award was established this year in honor of...

Environmental Impact Software to Quickly Measure Carbon Footprint
2012-09-14 09:35:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New software has been developed that can rapidly calculate the carbon footprints of thousands of products simultaneously, a process that has proven time consuming and expensive until now. This new software should help companies to accurately label products as well as design new ways to reduce their environmental impacts. A new study, published online in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, describes how the software works. The...

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2011-08-25 12:43:27

  A new study, published in the journal Nature draws a correlation between El Nino weather events and civil warfare. El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) happens every two to seven years and is a warming of ocean water in the western pacific that shifts across the ocean. This warming of the ocean causes the warmer air to rise, pushing away clouds and moisture changing rainfall patterns and temperatures across much of Africa, South and Southeast Asia and Australia. The correlating...

2011-07-18 14:24:00

Plastic-pipe maker Walter Wang sees progress in three-country tour of Sub-Saharan water infrastructure projects NAIROBI, Kenya, July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Walter Wang, president and CEO of JM Eagle, recently concluded a tour of water infrastructure in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya being constructed with hundreds of miles of plastic water pipe his company donated as part of his ongoing efforts to aid impoverished villages in Africa. Shipping from its plants in late 2009, the...

2010-10-24 07:53:58

NSF awards nearly $5 million to understand environmental decision making The National Science Foundation recently awarded nearly $5 million to four university-based centers whose research focuses on understanding decision making within the context of climate change and other long-term environmental risks. The awards bring together scholars from many different fields, such as decision science, psychology, economics, geography, atmospheric science, engineering, mathematics and computer science,...

2010-04-06 05:00:00

LILONGWE, Malawi, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Madonna today joined the Earth Institute, Ericsson and Millennium Promise to announce a new global education initiative aimed at supporting access to primary and secondary education for every child in the world, with an emphasis on girls' secondary schooling. The initiative--Connect To Learn--will provide secondary school scholarships, with a special focus on girls, and implement information and communications technology ("ICT") in schools,...

2009-09-25 07:00:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Swiss Re, Oxfam America, The Rockefeller Foundation and The International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University (IRI) announced a joint Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 2009 meeting in New York on 22 - 25 September. Aimed at helping communities most vulnerable to climate variability and change, the collaboration will expand on their joint 2008 commitment focused on using risk reduction and...

2009-01-14 08:59:00

The Earth Institute at Columbia University and JM Eagle's Joint Project Already Having a Significant Impact on Village Women LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- JM Eagle, the world's largest plastic pipe manufacturer, and the Earth Institute at Columbia University today announced the official completion of a new water infrastructure system that is bringing safe drinking water to more than 13,500 people in one of the poorest and most remote areas of Senegal. Begun last summer as part of the...

2008-09-26 15:00:42

NEW YORK, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Green Family Foundation (http://www.greenff.org/), a private, non-profit organization that supports social programs dedicated to improving global health and elevating universal socio-economic conditions, announced today that it has joined forces with the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to fight extreme poverty, hunger and disease in rural Haiti. The Millennium Villages Project in Haiti, which...