Biosphere2 Columbia Earth InstituteThe Times reportsthat Columbia will cease funding Biosphere 2. Columbia's Earth Institute will concentrate on environmental matters with an economic angle, as the Earth Institute is headed by Jeffrey Sachs, one of the world's leading economists who Columbia was able to woo away from Harvard. Biosphere 2 seemed cool only after Columbia conferred its name to the project. I mean, Biosphere 2 did lead to the creation of a Stephen Baldwin-Pauley Shore movie.