Center on Global Energy Policy Archives - State of the Planet

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Photos, Tweets, and More: Columbia Climate School at COP27

Learn more about how Columbia Climate School has been advancing the conversation at the world’s most important climate change summit.

by |November 17, 2022
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Traditional Cookstoves: Fueling a Health and Climate Crisis?

Switching to cleaner cookstoves can save lives, cut carbon emissions, and promote gender equality. At COP27, world leaders should take steps to ensure universal clean cooking access by 2030.

by Benjamin Ritter and Kevin Karl |November 14, 2022
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Mining, Land Grabs, and More: When Decarbonization Conflicts With Human Rights

Transitioning off fossil fuels isn’t all sunshine and roses. Experts from around Columbia Climate School weigh in on how governments and developers can move forward responsibly.

by |September 22, 2022
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The Flood Seen From Space: Pakistan’s Apocalyptic Crisis

Flooding is not uncommon for Pakistan, but the current crisis is simply unprecedented.

by Hadia A. Sheerazi |September 12, 2022

Columbia University at Davos 2022

At this year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Columbia experts provided analysis and actionable ideas on how to address the climate and energy crises.

by |June 1, 2022
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Warning: Pakistan Is at the Broiling Point

There has never been a clearer call to climate action, nor more compelling evidence that climate change is an acute threat multiplier in the poorest, most vulnerable frontline countries in the world.

by Hadia Sheerazi |May 20, 2022
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Cryptocurrency’s Dirty Secret: Energy Consumption

To be a true game changer, crypto may need to come clean and go green.

by |May 4, 2022

What Is Decarbonization, and How Do We Make It Happen?

To keep the planet from warming more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, economies must rapidly decarbonize. What will this involve?

by |April 22, 2022
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How the Russia-Ukraine Crisis Could Impact Food Security

Harry Verhoeven, senior research scholar with Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, answers questions about the implications for the world’s least developed countries.

by Harry Verhoeven |April 21, 2022
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The Risk of Russian Cyberattacks on US Energy Infrastructure

The war has heightened concerns that Russia could attack energy infrastructure in retaliation for the U.S.’s support of Ukraine. In this Q&A, scholars examine this prospect and how energy companies might respond.

by |April 1, 2022