Steve Cohen, Author at State of the Planet

The Revival of Tibbetts Brook: An Environmental Victory for the Bronx

The 21st century has seen enormous progress in understanding the importance of adding green space and utilizing ecosystem services in New York City. The Tibbetts Brook project will keep our water cleaner and provide a new mile-long green space in the southern Bronx.

by |January 23, 2023

Regulating Greenwashing

The purpose of greenwashing rules is not to prevent innocent errors or ignore tradeoffs but to discourage outright deception.

by |January 17, 2023

People Like to Breathe: The Importance of EPA’s New Air Particulate Proposal

In the United States, we need strong pollution control standards that are enforced carefully, precisely, and with a deep understanding of the pace of operational change that is feasible for a particular business or locality.

by |January 9, 2023

The Transition to Environmental Sustainability is Underway, But It Won’t Be Easy

The transition to environmental sustainability will change the material basis of the world economy. This shift has begun, and its pace will be influenced by technology, capital, and public policy.

by |January 3, 2023

The Role of Universities in the Transition to Environmental Sustainability

Preserving the planet is as self-justifying as preserving any other valuable and beautiful creation. It is the job of universities to develop and teach environmental ethics and ensure it permeates education from preschool to graduate school.

by |December 27, 2022

Technology’s Costs and Benefits

The transformative technologies of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries have brought incredible benefits but also substantial costs. The central issue of our time is understanding and mitigating those costs when we can, and adapting to them when we cannot.

by |December 19, 2022

Is Anyone Paying Attention to the Biodiversity Conference of the Parties?

The 15th United Nations Biodiversity Conference of the Parties (COP15) is underway in Montreal, but compared to the climate change COP, it appears that no one is paying attention.

by |December 12, 2022

New York City’s Food Waste and the Circular Economy

Food waste provides an opportunity for New York City to place itself on the cutting edge of waste recycling.

by |December 5, 2022

The Challenge of Sustainable Fashion

Young people, who are the primary market for fast fashion, are beginning to understand the environmental damage caused by the industry.

by |November 28, 2022

The Evolution of Sustainability and Organizational Management

Management education that omits environmental and other sustainability concerns will be inadequate as managers must navigate a highly regulated and complex organizational terrain.

by |November 21, 2022