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Climate School Experts on the Ukraine Crisis

[This page was last updated on June 23, 2022.]

As the crisis in Ukraine continues to unfold, scholars from the Columbia Climate School are analyzing what it means for energy, food security, public health, climate, and more. Below, links to experts, and media highlights. All State of the Planet articles on Ukraine are grouped here.

The Center on Global Energy Policy is home to a wide range of prominent researchers who are monitoring the war’s effects on oil markets and the transition to clean energy, as well as questions about the effects of economic sanctions. For contacts and media appearances, go to the center’s Russia-Ukraine war page.

Experts available on other aspects:
Michael Puma, director of the Center for Climate Systems Research, on the war’s effects on global food security.

Jonas Jägermeyr of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, on the war’s effects on global food security including  possible effects of nuclear war.

Irwin Redlener, founding director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, on the dangers of escalation among other humanitarian issues related to the war.

 Jeffrey Shaman, epidemiologist at the Mailman School for Public Health, on the implications for spread of disease including Covid-19.

Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development, and past economic advisor to Russia, on diplomatic efforts to solve the crisis.

Steven A. Cohen, Earth Institute professor of sustainable development, on prospects for U.S. climate policy.

Opinion

Ukraine’s Children Desperately Need More Than Shelter and Food
NBC News – June 20, 202By Irwin Redlener, founding director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Ukraine Conflict Brings a New Challenge to Global Food Security
Alliance Bernstein – June 16, 2022
Coauthored by Michael Puma of the Center for Climate Systems Research

How the World Can Help Ukraine’s Child Refugees
Daily Beast – May 12, 2022
By Irwin Redlener, founding director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness

How the Russia-Ukraine Crisis Could Impact Food Security
State of the Planet – April 21, 2022
Q&A with Harry Verhoeven, Center on Global Energy Policy

A negotiated peace is the only way to end Russia’s war on Ukraine 
CNN – Apr 21, 2022
By Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development

The Ukraine War Offers a Rare Chance for Energy and Climate Cooperation
Foreign Policy – April 18, 2022
By Columbia Climate School co-dean Jason Bordoff.

Time to Talk Peace Terms With Russia
Project Syndicate – March 28, 2021
By Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development

Putin’s War on Children Is an Atrocity for the Ages. The World Must Respond.
Daily Beast – March 21, 2022
By Irwin Redlener, founding director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Ukraine Demonstrates the Problem With Nuclear Power
State of the Planet – March 14, 2022
By Earth Institute professor Steven A. Cohen

Has Russia Thwarted Its Hydrogen Future?
The Hill – March 14, 2022
By Anne-Sophie Corbeau, Center on Global Energy Policy

Diplomacy Remains the Only Option in Ukraine
Project Syndicate – March 9, 2022
By Center for Sustainable Development director Jeffrey Sachs

The Impact of the Ukraine Invasion on Climate Policy
State of the Planet – March 7, 2022
By Earth Institute professor Steven A. Cohen

We must take an increasingly ‘unhinged’ Putin’s nuclear threats seriously
The Hill – March 3, 2022
By Irwin Redlener, founding director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness

What the War in Ukraine Means for the World’s Food Supply
The New York Times – Feb, 28, 2022
Coauthored by Michael Puma of the Center for Climate Systems Research.

Don’t Blame Putin for Europe’s Energy Crisis
Foreign Policy – Feb. 1, 2022
By Columbia Climate School co-dean Jason Bordoff.

Russian gas: the energy crisis we did not prepare for
The Hill – Feb 1, 2022
By Anne-Sophie Corbeau, Center on Global Energy Policy. 

Russia Isn’t a Dead Petrostate, and Putin Isn’t Going Anywhere
The New York Times – January 27, 2022
By Jason Bordoff and Meghan O’Sullivan of the Center on Global Energy

Interviews

Condition of Ukrainian Children Displaced by War
MSNBC – April 27, 2022
With National Center for Disaster Preparedness founder Irwin Redlener

Climate and Russia Could Combine to Create a Food Crisis
ClimateWire – March 15, 2022
Quotes Jonas Jägermeyr of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies

The West’s Economic War Plan Against Russia
Wall Street Journal – March 11, 2922
Features Center on Global Energy Policy scholar Edward Fishman

What Does Banning Russia’s Oil Mean for the World’s Energy Markets?
Financial Times – March 9, 2022
Quotes Center on Global Energy Policy scholar Richard Nephew

The Future Turns Dark for Russia’s Oil Industry
New York Times – March 8, 2022
Quotes Center on Global Energy Policy scholar Tatiana Mitrova

How Global Energy Dependence on Russia Complicates Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine
The Takeaway – March 7, 2022
Interview with Jonathan Elkind of the Center on Global Energy Policy

U.S. lawmakers are using the Ukraine crisis to push for domestic energy production
NPR | All Things Considered – March 4, 2022
Features Jason Bordoff of the Center on Global Energy Policy

Russian takeover sparks nuclear jitters
The Hill – March 4, 2022
Quotes Center on Global Energy Policy scholar James Glynn

Why Ukraine’s COVID-19 Problem Is Everyone’s Problem
Time Magazine – March 2, 2022
Quotes Jeffrey Shaman of the Mailman School of Public Health

Big Oil Is Exiting Russia. What Does That Mean for the Climate?
Grist – March 3, 2022
Quotes Jonathan Elkind of the Center on Global Energy Policy

Ukraine War Upends Biden’s Agenda on Climate, Energy
Associated Press – March 2, 2022
Quotes Jonathan Elkind, Center on Global Energy Policy scholar

How prepared are we for a nuclear attack?
Fast Company – March 2, 2022
Quotes Irwin Redlener of the National Center on Disaster Preparedness

U.S., European allies freeze ‘Putin’s war chest’ as Russia careens toward economic crisis
The Washington Post – Feb. 28, 2022
Quotes Center on Global Energy Policy fellow Eddie Fishman. 

Jason Bordoff on Energy Markets and the Russia-Ukraine Conflict
CSPAN – Feb. 27, 2022

Oil, Natural-Gas Prices Vault as Sanctions Threaten Russia’s Commodity Exports
The Wall Street Journal – Feb. 27, 2022
Quotes Center on Global Energy Policy research scholar Christof Rühl.

Biden’s challenge: Hitting Putin while limiting energy pain
Axios – Feb. 25, 2022
Quotes senior research scholar Richard Nephew of the Center on Global Energy Policy. 

Russia-Ukraine war to have ‘ripple effects’ on India’s fuel prices: Experts
Down to Earth – Feb. 25, 2022
Quotes Center on Global Energy Policy scholar Kaushik Deb. 

Why it’s tough to wean the West off Russian oil and gas
Marketplace – Feb. 24, 2022
Quotes Center on Global Energy Policy scholar Anne-Sophie Corbeau. 

E.U. will unveil a strategy to break free from Russian gas, after decades of dependence
The Washington Post – Feb. 23, 2022
Quotes Jason Bordoff, Center on Global Energy Policy.

We can’t price spike and underinvest our way to a clean energy transition, energy policy expert says
CNBC Europe – Feb. 18, 2022
Features interview with Climate School co-dean Jason Bordoff. 

Russia can’t go all-in on China to thwart Western punishment
Politico – Feb. 3, 2022
Quotes Center on Global Energy Policy scholar Erica Downs.

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