The Earth Institute

419256_370682122961322_442314657_n(from the About section of EI website) The Earth Institute, Columbia University, under the direction of Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, comprises more than 30 research centers and some 850 scientists, postdoctoral fellows, staff and students. Working across many disciplines, we study and create solutions for problems in public health, poverty, energy, ecosystems, climate, natural hazards and urbanization. At our largest research unit, the renowned Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, some of the world’s leading scientists study geology, oceans, freshwater systems, climate and atmosphere. Earth Institute experts work hand-in-hand with academia, corporations, government agencies, nonprofits and individuals. They advise national governments and the United Nations on issues related to sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals. They are educating the next generation of leaders in basic sciences and sustainable development.



1794601_518722074912452_202519267_nCoursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. It envisions a future where everyone has access to a world-class education. It aims to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.


TEEB Initiative

563616_481819708533328_2009979965_nThe Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) is a global initiative focused on drawing attention to the economic benefits of biodiversity. Its objective is to highlight the growing cost of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. TEEB presents an approach that can help decision-makers recognize, demonstrate and capture the values of ecosystems & biodiversity, including how to incorporate these values into decision-making.


Stockholm Resilience Centre

936014_645346612182701_1108156849_nThe Stockholm Resilience Centre is a world-leading transdisciplinary research centre whose mission is to advance research for governance and management of social-ecological systems to secure ecosystem services for human wellbeing and resilience for long-term sustainability. It applies and further develops the scientific advancements of this research within practice, policy, and in academic training.


Encyclopedia of Life

68810_10151158056750969_1611400507_nThe Encyclopedia of Life brings together information about all life on Earth—one web page for each species. But EOL is much more than 1.9 million species pages. It’s an incredible resource for text, images, video, sounds, maps, classifications and more, all freely available online. And, the true power of EOL comes from its users who create Collections, start and join Communities, share their species images and make EOL a vibrant and ever-expanding meeting place for everyone interested in nature.