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Announcing the 2017 Center for Climate and Life Senior Fellows

Announcing the 2017 Center for Climate and Life Senior Fellows
by Rebecca Fowler|June 23, 2017
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Continuing its commitment to accelerate the science needed to understand how climate change impacts the essentials of human sustainability, the Center […]

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Iron Chemistry Matters for Ocean Carbon Uptake

Iron Chemistry Matters for Ocean Carbon Uptake
by Guest Blogger|June 23, 2017
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By Kristen French
For many years, scientists have speculated that seeding the ocean with iron might help to stave off climate change. Iron in […]

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Cleaning Up New York City’s Waters and Beyond: Q&A with Kartik Chandran

Cleaning Up New York City’s Waters and Beyond: QA with Kartik Chandran
by Kim Martineau|June 7, 2017
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It’s called wastewater—what gets flushed down the toilet and washed down the drain—but to Kartik Chandran wastewater is a […]

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Sampling on the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers

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FROM THE FIELDGeohazards in Bangladesh

Sampling on the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers
by Mike Steckler|February 4, 2017
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The Importance of Regulating Lead in Drinking Water

The Importance of Regulating Lead in Drinking Water
by Steve Cohen|February 6, 2017
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Steven Cohen, August 11, 2015 Photo by Bruce Gilbert
Read more from Executive Director Steven Cohen at […]

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Shifting Monsoon Altered Early Cultures in China, Study Says

Shifting Monsoon Altered Early Cultures in China, Study Says
by David Funkhouser|February 6, 2017
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Horses near Lake Dali, in Inner Monglia. Photo: Yonaton Goldsmith
Horses near Lake Dali, in Inner […]

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An Integrated Approach to Sustainability

An Integrated Approach to Sustainability
by Marivi Perdomo Caba|February 9, 2017
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Current MS in Sustainability Management Celine Lofthus Gaasrud
Celine Lofthus Gaasrud
Master of Science in Sustainability Management student Celine Lofthus […]

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Indonesian Corals Shed Light on Climate System

Indonesian Corals Shed Light on Climate System
by Rebecca Fowler|February 9, 2017
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A scientist surveys a large Porites coral colony in American Samoa, which is located in the South Pacific Convergence Zone [...]
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Renewable Energy With or Without Climate Change

Renewable Energy With or Without Climate Change
by Steve Cohen|February 13, 2017
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Steven Cohen, August 11, 2015 Photo by Bruce Gilbert
Read more from Executive Director Steven Cohen at the […]

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In High Sierras, Remnants of Ice Age Tell a Tale of Future Climate

In High Sierras, Remnants of Ice Age Tell a Tale of Future Climate
by David Funkhouser|February 14, 2017
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Aaron Putnam sits atop a boulder high in the Sierras of central California, banging away with hammer and […]

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Patient Capital: Financing Nonprofits

Patient Capital: Financing Nonprofits
by David Maurrasse|February 15, 2017
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Nonprofit organizations face pressures to focus spending on external operations and pull back on central administrative costs, but this emphasis can undermine the ability of the organization […]

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Tapping into Ocean Power

Tapping into Ocean Power
by Renee Cho|February 14, 2017
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Photo: Grempz
Photo: Grempz
The oceans of the world are a vast unexploited source of clean, reliable and predictable renewable energy. Could […]

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Leon Billings, Tom Jorling and the Origins of U.S. Environmental Law

Leon Billings, Tom Jorling and the Origins of U.S. Environmental Law
by Steve Cohen|November 21, 2016
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From left, Leon Billings, Edmund Muskie and Tom Jorling.
From left, Leon Billings, Edmund […]

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New York Lets a Thousand Bioswales Bloom

New York Lets a Thousand Bioswales Bloom
by Earth Institute|November 22, 2016
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In July 2016, students work at a small garden designed to absorb rainwater in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx, [...]
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How to Prep a City for Climate Change

Posted on 16 November 2016. Tags:

How to Prep a City for Climate Change
by Earth Institute|November 3, 2016
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Cities around the world already have begun responding to climate change, and a new report from the Earth Institute provides a deep analysis […]

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The Candidates Agree: America’s Aging Infrastructure Needs a Fix

Posted on 16 November 2016. Tags:

The Candidates Agree: America’s Aging Infrastructure Needs a Fix
by Ben Orlove|November 4, 2016
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Ongoing work to connect Loop 303 with Interstate 10 in Goodyear, Arizona. Arizona Department of Transportation/Creative Commons

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Climate Justice Advocate Strives to Create Solutions

Posted on 16 November 2016. Tags:

Climate Justice Advocate Strives to Create Solutions
by Guest Blogger|November 4, 2016
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By Asif Shah
13653061_10153732395967555_2153420417646701333_oElana Sulakshana is a Columbia College senior majoring in sustainable development and history.
What drew you […]

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Climate Change Under Trump: A Q&A with Michael Gerrard

Posted on 16 November 2016. Tags:

Climate Change Under Trump: A QA with Michael Gerrard
by Renee Cho|November 15, 2016
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Michael Gerrard
Michael Gerrard
For those who favor strong action on climate change, the […]

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Alumna Planting ‘Seeds’ for Sustainable Education in Africa

Posted on 16 November 2016. Tags:

Alumna Planting ‘Seeds’ for Sustainable Education in Africa
by Guest Blogger|November 6, 2016
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By Asif Shah
AttiAtti Worku is an alumna of the Undergraduate Sustainable Development Program. Intern Asif […]

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Year by Year, Line by Line, We Build an Image of Getz Ice Shelf

Posted on 15 November 2016. Tags:

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FROM THE FIELDOperation Ice Bridge

Year by Year, Line by Line, We Build an Image of Getz Ice Shelf
by Margie Turrin|November 6, 2016
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A Front Row Seat on the Ocean Floor

Posted on 15 November 2016. Tags:

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FROM THE FIELDCruising to an OASIS

A Front Row Seat on the Ocean Floor
by Earth Institute|November 15, 2016
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By Bridget Boulahanis
Ocean scientists are, in their hearts, explorers. Our […]

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Cities: the Vanguard Against Climate Change

Posted on 15 November 2016. Tags:

Cities: the Vanguard Against Climate Change
by Renee Cho|November 10, 2016
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New York City Photo: Daniel Schwen
New York City Photo: Daniel Schwen
By 2050, two-thirds of the global population will […]

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A First Meeting with an Old Friend

Posted on 15 November 2016. Tags:

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FROM THE FIELDOperation Ice Bridge

A First Meeting with an Old Friend
by Margie Turrin|November 10, 2016
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Pine Island Ice Shelf
As we […]

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The Domino Effect

Posted on 15 November 2016. Tags:

The Domino Effect
by Margie Turrin|November 14, 2016
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Along the edge of the Antarctic Peninsula. (photo M. Turrin)
Along the edge of the Antarctic Peninsula large chunks of ice flow […]

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Protecting Intellectual Property While Mitigating Climate Change: Can We Do Both?

Posted on 19 October 2016. Tags:

Protecting Intellectual Property While Mitigating Climate Change: Can We Do Both?
by Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment|October 19, 2016
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On Nov. 2-3, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment will host the 11th annual Columbia International Investment […]

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How a student project helped to change JetBlue’s course

Posted on 19 October 2016. Tags:

How a student project helped to change JetBlue’s course
by Earth Institute|October 19, 2016
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Sophia Mendelsohn, head of sustainability at JetBlue Airlines.
What began as research at Columbia University became […]

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Hurricane Experts: Earth Institute Resources for Journalists

Posted on 08 October 2016. Tags:

Hurricane Experts: Earth Institute Resources for Journalists
by Kevin Krajick|October 6, 2016
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With the approach of Hurricane Matthew, here are a few of the many scientists at Columbia University’s Earth Institute who can help journalists cover […]

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MPA ESP: Classroom Extends into Community

Posted on 20 August 2016. Tags:

MPA ESP: Classroom Extends into Community
by Laura Piraino|August 18, 2016
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Columbia University’s MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program offers its students learning experiences outside of the classroom unlike any other graduate environmental policy program. […]

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Our Online Extractives Governance Course: What We’ve Learned

Posted on 20 August 2016. Tags:

Our Online Extractives Governance Course: What We’ve Learned
by Guest Blogger|August 19, 2016
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By Megan Cassidy, Matteo Pellegrini and Lisa Sachs
Photo courtesy of Lauren DeCicca for NRGI
Community members survey […]

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Project Maps the Chemistry of the World’s Oceans

Posted on 11 August 2016. Tags:

Project Maps the Chemistry of the World’s Oceans
by Stacy Morford|August 10, 2016
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GEOTRACES was established to map trace elements and nutrients, from seafloor to surface, in all oceans. This view of [...]
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Shipboard Science: It’s All About Collaboration This Week

Posted on 03 August 2016. Tags:

The AUV Sentry discovered an area of seafloor where methane is bubbling up, similar to the earlier photo. The data will be used to plan the team's next dive with scientists inside a submersible. Photo: NOAA
FROM THE FIELDThe Future of Deep Science

Shipboard Science: It’s All About Collaboration This Week
by Guest […]

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MPA ESP Students Tour Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

Posted on 26 July 2016. Tags:

MPA ESP Students Tour Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
by Laura Piraino|July 8, 2016
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Shareholder Litigation Puts a Spotlight on Environmental Risk

Posted on 26 July 2016. Tags:

Shareholder Litigation Puts a Spotlight on Environmental Risk
by Guest Blogger|July 11, 2016
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Bento Rodrigues, destroyed by a flood of chemical-laced water and sludge after a tailings dam collapsed in Brazil in [...]
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Linking Climate Forecasts, Soil Testing for Smarter Farming

Posted on 26 July 2016. Tags:

Linking Climate Forecasts, Soil Testing for Smarter Farming
by Earth Institute|July 12, 2016
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By Alison Rose
Small-scale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa face many unknowns when making decisions about managing crops and soils. Many of these unknowns fall […]

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Balancing Development and Preservation in an Urban National Park

Posted on 26 July 2016. Tags:

Balancing Development and Preservation in an Urban National Park
by Marivi Perdomo Caba|July 14, 2016
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Christopher Lewis (SIPA '16)
Christopher Lewis (SIPA ’16)
In the Science of Urban Ecology taught by […]

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For Climate Change, Carbon Pricing is No Silver Bullet

Posted on 25 July 2016. Tags:

For Climate Change, Carbon Pricing is No Silver Bullet
by Renee Cho|July 18, 2016
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Photo: Joe Brusky
Photo: Joe Brusky
My last blog, Carbon Pricing for the Climate: How It Could […]

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New Group Takes On Massive Computing Needs of Big Data

Posted on 25 July 2016. Tags:

New Group Takes On Massive Computing Needs of Big Data
by Kim Martineau|July 25, 2016
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(This story originally appeared on the website of the Columbia University Data Science Institute.)
Engineers are experimenting with [...]
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Training for Sustainability Practitioners: ESP Midterm Briefings

Posted on 24 July 2016. Tags:

Training for Sustainability Practitioners: ESP Midterm Briefings
by Laura Piraino|July 20, 2016
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MPA ESP student Zhuo Hao Kevin Cheng presenting at Mid Term Briefings
MPA ESP student Zhuo Hao […]

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Connecting Space to Village in West Africa

Posted on 16 July 2016. Tags:

Connecting Space to Village in West Africa
by Center for International Earth Science Information Network|July 14, 2016
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By Alex de Sherbinin
The Earth Institute’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) and International Research Institute for […]

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Bridging the Gap Between Science and Policy for Water Security

Posted on 10 July 2016. Tags:

Bridging the Gap Between Science and Policy for Water Security
by Earth Institute|July 8, 2016
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By Stav Gilutz and Victoria Wagner Mastrobuono
To tackle the challenge of how to effectively educate important stakeholders about ground water in […]

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Why Institutional Investors Support Transparency

Posted on 30 May 2016. Tags:

Why Institutional Investors Support Transparency
by Guest Blogger|May 26, 2016
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By Nicolas Maennling and Perrine Toledano
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Source: CC BY-SA HonestReporting.com, flickr/freepress
The increasing technical risks of global natural resource development have been […]

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Entrepreneurial Alum Creates Healthier Living Spaces

Posted on 01 April 2016. Tags:

Entrepreneurial Alum Creates Healthier Living Spaces
by Marivi Perdomo Caba|March 31, 2016
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MS in Sustainability Management alum Christy Everett ('15)
MS in Sustainability Management alum Christy Everett (’15)
Sustainability Management alum […]

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Pump Meltwater Back on Antarctica? Do You Have 850,000 Wind Turbines?

Posted on 10 March 2016. Tags:

Pump Meltwater Back on Antarctica? Do You Have 850,000 Wind Turbines?
by Stacy Morford|March 10, 2016
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Antarctica viewed from space. Image: NASA
Antarctica viewed from space. Image: NASA
With sea levels […]

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What Five Tech Companies Are Doing About Climate Change

Posted on 05 March 2016. Tags:

What Five Tech Companies Are Doing About Climate Change
by Renee Cho|March 4, 2016
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Will the climate pledges made by the world’s nations in Paris last December be […]

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Syria’s Drought Likely Its Most Severe in More than 900 Years

Posted on 02 March 2016. Tags:

Syria’s Drought Likely Its Most Severe in More than 900 Years
by Stacy Morford|March 1, 2016
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A new study looks at recent droughts across the Mediterranean in the context of the past [...]
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Job Opportunities in the Director’s Office

Posted on 01 March 2016. Tags:

Job Opportunities in the Director’s Office
by Earth Institute|March 1, 2016
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Jeffrey Sachs
Jeffrey Sachs
The Office of the Director of the Earth Institute and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network is […]

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Trials & Tribulations of Coring the Agulhas Plateau

Posted on 29 February 2016. Tags:

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FROM THE FIELDWhen Oceans Leak

Trials Tribulations of Coring the Agulhas Plateau
by Sidney Hemming|February 28, 2016
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Sedimentologists Thibaut Caley of the University of [...]
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Developing a Sustainable Tourism Industry in China

Posted on 24 January 2016. Tags:

Developing a Sustainable Tourism Industry in China
by Kelsie DeFrancia|January 22, 2016
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Last week, members of the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management traveled to Huizhou, China, to present their initial findings for a study […]

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It’s Beginning to Look Not a Lot Like Christmas

Posted on 10 January 2016. Tags:

It’s Beginning to Look Not a Lot Like Christmas
by Guest Blogger|January 8, 2016
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The how and why behind a record-breaking Christmas heatwave
By Jesse Farmer
Every Christmas, my family has a routine: wake up early in our […]

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Crowd-Sourcing Tornado Data, and Other Climate Talks

Posted on 10 January 2016. Tags:

Crowd-Sourcing Tornado Data, and Other Climate Talks
by Francesco Fiondella|January 8, 2016
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From crowd-sourcing tornado data to teaching Harlem high-school students about climate change and climate justice, scientists from the International Research Institute for Climate and […]

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