Informal housing — buildings most often found in slums and other poor areas — often lack water and sanitation, which puts inhabitants at risk for disease.
Also, many of these structures are built with insubstantial reinforcements, which make them vulnerable to collapse, particularly in the wake of storms or earthquakes.
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Achieving sustainable development is the primary mission of the Earth Institute. More than 800 scientists are applying their expertise to reducing hunger, disease and environmental degradation, particularly in nations ravaged by global pandemics, climate change and extreme poverty.
Training new scientists to meet these challenges is also a part of the Earth Institute mission. The Earth Institute Fellows program is the premier program in the world for those dedicated to a better understanding of critical scientific and social issues related to meeting global sustainable development goals.
Below are just a few of our research projects related to sustainable development.