Sustainability Archives - State of the Planet

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Expanding Global Cold Chains: Effective Adaptation, or Dangerous Contribution to Climate Change?

Cooling technologies, including refrigerators and industrial chillers, can prevent food waste and are increasingly necessary in our warming climate. Are there ways to minimize their climate impacts?

by Benjamin Ritter and Kevin Karl |January 27, 2023
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What Is Blue Carbon and How Can It Help Fight Climate Change?

Researchers at Columbia Climate School discuss the benefits and challenges of working with carbon from ocean and coastal ecosystems.

by |January 25, 2023
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The Paradox of Lithium

The clean energy transition depends heavily on lithium, but mining this element is not “clean.” We must not fall into the same traps from which we are trying to free ourselves.

by Marco Tedesco |January 18, 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
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Why Ghana Relies Heavily on Used Cars

Used vehicles serve real needs across Africa, but they also contribute to its public health and environmental problems through crashes and pollution.

by Festival Godwin Boateng and Jacqueline Klopp |January 10, 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

2023 Climate Resolutions: How Will You Make a Difference Next Year?

Our elected officials, community leaders, experts, and students discuss their 2023 climate resolutions. What will yours be?

by |December 27, 2022
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Education Isn’t Considered a Key Tool for Reducing Climate Risks, but It Should Be

If we don’t prepare our communities and youth to understand the climate risks we are facing today, then simply put, there is no tomorrow for us.

by Radhika Iyengar |December 21, 2022
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Failing Crypto Could Be a Win for the Environment

The uncertainty plaguing the crypto world is devastating for investors, but it could have a positive impact on greenhouse gas emissions and the future of digital currency.

by Emma Lauterbach |December 20, 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