State of the Planet

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  • Regulating Air Toxics from Petrochemical Plants

    Regulating Air Toxics from Petrochemical Plants

    We need to end performative and ideological regulatory debates and strive for effective regulation that protects the public while encouraging innovation.

  • 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.

  • The Ohio Toxic Train Wreck and Government’s Failure of Regulation and Response

    The Ohio Toxic Train Wreck and Government’s Failure of Regulation and Response

    We need to improve the way we regulate the transport, use, and disposal of toxic substances.

  • Regulating Forever Chemicals

    Regulating Forever Chemicals

    We are an ingenious species, and when properly motivated, we can build an economy that doesn’t poison people and the planet.

  • Have We Crossed the 9 Planetary Boundaries?

    Have We Crossed the 9 Planetary Boundaries?

    “The world needs to awaken itself to the looming catastrophe of global warming,” said Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, at a recent meeting in Muscat. “We must provide a safe operating space where vested interest and lobby-driven policies will not see the world marching into disaster.”

Columbia campus skyline with text Columbia Climate School Class Day 2024 - Congratulations Graduates

Congratulations to our Columbia Climate School MA in Climate & Society Class of 2024! Learn about our May 10 Class Day celebration. #ColumbiaClimate2024

  • Regulating Air Toxics from Petrochemical Plants

    Regulating Air Toxics from Petrochemical Plants

    We need to end performative and ideological regulatory debates and strive for effective regulation that protects the public while encouraging innovation.

  • 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.

  • The Ohio Toxic Train Wreck and Government’s Failure of Regulation and Response

    The Ohio Toxic Train Wreck and Government’s Failure of Regulation and Response

    We need to improve the way we regulate the transport, use, and disposal of toxic substances.

  • Regulating Forever Chemicals

    Regulating Forever Chemicals

    We are an ingenious species, and when properly motivated, we can build an economy that doesn’t poison people and the planet.

  • Have We Crossed the 9 Planetary Boundaries?

    Have We Crossed the 9 Planetary Boundaries?

    “The world needs to awaken itself to the looming catastrophe of global warming,” said Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, at a recent meeting in Muscat. “We must provide a safe operating space where vested interest and lobby-driven policies will not see the world marching into disaster.”