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COP27: Delegates From the Columbia Climate School Share Their Plans and Hopes

A number of representatives from the Columbia Climate School will be attending the global climate summit in Egypt. Here’s what they’ll be up to, and what they hope to achieve.

by |October 31, 2022
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What the Inflation Reduction Act Does — and Doesn’t Do — for Climate

It’s the U.S.’s first bill that focuses on climate change, but it’s not perfect.

by |August 12, 2022

Dealing With the U.S. Federal Government’s Failure of Climate Leadership

Joe Manchin, like Donald Trump before him, presents a challenge to all of us to figure out how to achieve greenhouse gas reductions in the absence of U.S. national leadership.

by |July 18, 2022
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What Can We Do About Extreme Weather?

Perhaps climate change policy will be a response to our growing experience with extreme weather events.

by |April 11, 2022

The Impact of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine on Climate Change Policy

While we scramble for energy supplies to replace Russia’s fossil fuels, the long-term impact of this war could and should be increased demand for renewable energy. For now, the people of Ukraine deserve our help and prayers.

by |March 7, 2022

Energy Modernization as Climate Policy

Energy modernization is the goal, greenhouse gas reduction is a much-needed byproduct.

by |January 24, 2022

A Dozen Things That Helped and Hurt Climate Progress in 2021

2021 may turn out to be the most critical year in our efforts to combat climate change. What things helped and what things hurt climate progress this year?

by |December 28, 2021

Net Zero Pledges: Can They Get Us Where We Need to Go?

The latest U.N. climate summit resulted in a spate of new net zero pledges. But net zero doesn’t necessarily mean cutting emissions.

by |December 16, 2021

Technology Not Treaties will Reduce Global Warming

Diplomacy has influence, but only the development and implementation of new technologies will end the climate crisis.

by |November 15, 2021

COP26: Resources for Journalists

Columbia will have a strong presence at the world climate summit, with live and online events, and experts from many fields attending or closely monitoring the proceedings.

by |October 27, 2021