In Brief

In Brief is a Columbia News series featuring faculty members' short op-ed pieces on current topics related to their academic research.

The ability to monitor deforestation and fires from satellite is now routine. Political will is the main ingredient.

Trump's friendship will help Johnson once Brexit is finalized, but he cannot appear cozy with or beholden to the US president.

The governor has announced his resignation, but the complaints were about more than him. And they're not going away.  

If small steps like increasing election security are not politically tenable, then we can expect Russia, China, Iran and others to influence our el

Fifty years ago, I watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon from my family’s living room. It made me want to become an astronaut.

While Iran is weighing its options, the Trump administration seems to lean toward containment.

And moderators need to stick to the rules.  That means no interrupting, talking over each other, or blowing past the time limits. 

Support for aid-in-dying laws has been growing as Maine becomes the eighth state to allow doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill

Columbia's Desmond Patton says law enforcement officials should analyze social media posts about grief and stress to prevent violent crime among yo

Columbia’s Michael Gerrard weighs in on illegal attempts by the White House to limit climate projections to 2040.

Charles Branas of the Mailman School of Public Health says preventing the next school shooting will require evidence, conviction, and strength in n

School of the Arts Writing Professor Dorothea Lasky on Meghan, a Leo; Harry, a Virgo; and their new Taurus, Archie.