State of the Planet

News from the Columbia Climate School

Category: Viewpoints2

  • Home Builders Fighting Energy Efficiency

    Home Builders Fighting Energy Efficiency

    The long-term importance of energy efficiency is clear, but short-term competing interests can make it difficult to pursue energy efficiency and decarbonization goals.

  • The Politicizing of Electric Vehicles

    The Politicizing of Electric Vehicles

    EVs will replace gas-powered vehicles when they are less expensive, more feature-packed and more reliable than cars with internal combustion engines.

  • New York City’s Gradual Transition to a Sustainable City

    New York City’s Gradual Transition to a Sustainable City

    New Yorkers know that a sustainable city is attractive, exciting, and capable of winning the global competition for talent and business. New York City can become that sustainable city while creating new businesses, flourishing economically, and being a model for the transition to cities all over the world.

  • Our Toxic Environment

    Our Toxic Environment

    As our economic life becomes more complex and its technology advances, we need to match that complexity with regulatory processes based on scientific expertise and an approach toward regulation that protects the public but is also sympathetic toward innovation and the introduction of new products.

  • Lessons from Applications to Columbia’s Master’s Programs in Environmental Sustainability

    Lessons from Applications to Columbia’s Master’s Programs in Environmental Sustainability

    I am constantly inspired and motivated by applicants to Columbia’s MPA in Environmental Science and Policy and MS in Sustainability Management programs, applicants who are community-minded, creative, and have a sense of mission and determination in the face of the challenges of achieving environmental sustainability.

  • The Jobs Vs. Environment False Tradeoff Rises Again

    The Jobs Vs. Environment False Tradeoff Rises Again

    Political polarization has become a way of life here in America. Information and data take a back seat to ideology and tribalism. But the world we live in is getting more complicated and to navigate the complexity we need to find our way back to a factual basis for public policy.

  • Floods and the Urgency of Climate Adaptation Infrastructure

    Floods and the Urgency of Climate Adaptation Infrastructure

    Typically, political processes depend on catastrophes and crises to motivate major programs and expenditures. Will it take a large-scale flooding disaster to generate the political support to fund a flood control system that meets our region’s needs?

  • The Importance of Corporate Climate Disclosure and Measuring the Financial Costs of Environmental Impacts

    The Importance of Corporate Climate Disclosure and Measuring the Financial Costs of Environmental Impacts

    The ongoing effort to measure and report environmental impacts in the private and public sectors will embed environmental considerations in corporate and government decision-making like never before.

  • The Regulation of Air Pollution That Crosses State Borders

    The Regulation of Air Pollution That Crosses State Borders

    Our world and our economy are becoming more technologically complex and interconnected; anticipated impacts have become routine, and our need for agile and responsive regulation is growing.

  • Home Builders Fighting Energy Efficiency

    Home Builders Fighting Energy Efficiency

    The long-term importance of energy efficiency is clear, but short-term competing interests can make it difficult to pursue energy efficiency and decarbonization goals.

  • The Politicizing of Electric Vehicles

    The Politicizing of Electric Vehicles

    EVs will replace gas-powered vehicles when they are less expensive, more feature-packed and more reliable than cars with internal combustion engines.

  • New York City’s Gradual Transition to a Sustainable City

    New York City’s Gradual Transition to a Sustainable City

    New Yorkers know that a sustainable city is attractive, exciting, and capable of winning the global competition for talent and business. New York City can become that sustainable city while creating new businesses, flourishing economically, and being a model for the transition to cities all over the world.

  • Our Toxic Environment

    Our Toxic Environment

    As our economic life becomes more complex and its technology advances, we need to match that complexity with regulatory processes based on scientific expertise and an approach toward regulation that protects the public but is also sympathetic toward innovation and the introduction of new products.

  • Lessons from Applications to Columbia’s Master’s Programs in Environmental Sustainability

    Lessons from Applications to Columbia’s Master’s Programs in Environmental Sustainability

    I am constantly inspired and motivated by applicants to Columbia’s MPA in Environmental Science and Policy and MS in Sustainability Management programs, applicants who are community-minded, creative, and have a sense of mission and determination in the face of the challenges of achieving environmental sustainability.

  • The Jobs Vs. Environment False Tradeoff Rises Again

    The Jobs Vs. Environment False Tradeoff Rises Again

    Political polarization has become a way of life here in America. Information and data take a back seat to ideology and tribalism. But the world we live in is getting more complicated and to navigate the complexity we need to find our way back to a factual basis for public policy.

  • Floods and the Urgency of Climate Adaptation Infrastructure

    Floods and the Urgency of Climate Adaptation Infrastructure

    Typically, political processes depend on catastrophes and crises to motivate major programs and expenditures. Will it take a large-scale flooding disaster to generate the political support to fund a flood control system that meets our region’s needs?

  • The Importance of Corporate Climate Disclosure and Measuring the Financial Costs of Environmental Impacts

    The Importance of Corporate Climate Disclosure and Measuring the Financial Costs of Environmental Impacts

    The ongoing effort to measure and report environmental impacts in the private and public sectors will embed environmental considerations in corporate and government decision-making like never before.

  • The Regulation of Air Pollution That Crosses State Borders

    The Regulation of Air Pollution That Crosses State Borders

    Our world and our economy are becoming more technologically complex and interconnected; anticipated impacts have become routine, and our need for agile and responsive regulation is growing.