Noise: The Unseen Pollution

By: Julia Zeh Edited by: Ashley Koo For students attending school and living in New York City, noise pollution is an all too familiar concept. Lying awake at night as sirens blare and large vehicles rush down Broadway or Amsterdam is a phenomenon most Columbia students are used to. Many studies have shown that thisContinue reading “Noise: The Unseen Pollution”

The Snub-Nosed Sneezing Monkey and 210 Other New Himalayan Species

By: Julia Zeh Edited by: Ashley Koo Deep in the Eastern Himalayas, isolated from human activities, members of a newly discovered species of snub-nosed monkey sit with their heads between their knees, hiding from the rain. The recently discovered Rhinopithecus strykeri, a member of the snub-nosed monkey genus, is described as having black fur, anContinue reading “The Snub-Nosed Sneezing Monkey and 210 Other New Himalayan Species”

Bee Story

By Yameng Zhang Edited by Thomas Luh Last summer, I stumbled upon Bernard Mandeville’s The Fable of the Bees during my time learning how to keep bees in the mountains of Yunnan Province. The poem was not quite the introduction to beekeeping I was looking for, but it is an allegory relating the actions inContinue reading “Bee Story”

The Opposite of “Roundup Ready”: Monarch Butterflies in the Age of GMOs

By: Alexandra DeCandia Edited By: Timshawn Luh Monarch butterflies are an iconic American species. Found in all 50 states, these orange-and-black backyard visitors delight children with their delicacy and grace. They pass through our gardens each year, participants in an annual, multi-generational migration among the farthest undertaken by an insect species. Travelling south from CanadaContinue reading “The Opposite of “Roundup Ready”: Monarch Butterflies in the Age of GMOs”

Oceans: Earth’s Final Frontier

By: Julia Zeh Edited by: Bryce Harlan         Our oceans cover over 70% of the Earth’s surface. Everyone has heard this at some point in their lives, whether they learned it in school or read it somewhere. But sometimes, I think we forget how vast and expansive 70% of the Earth’s surfaceContinue reading “Oceans: Earth’s Final Frontier”

Inundated by Trash: Marine Mammals and Debris

By Allie DeCandia Edited by Arianna Winchester  Humans have a love affair with plastic. Lightweight, versatile, durable, and inexpensive synthetic polymers have flooded the global market since 1950. Yet the qualities that earn success in the marketplace also severely endanger the natural environment. Winds, rivers, and currents ferry lightweight refuse ocean-bound, and cooler temperatures andContinue reading “Inundated by Trash: Marine Mammals and Debris”