State of the Planet

News from the Columbia Climate School

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  • Japan Retreats to Coal and Energy Incoherence Reigns Supreme

    Japan Retreats to Coal and Energy Incoherence Reigns Supreme

    Our climate challenged planet desperately needs a 21st century, low-polluting, decarbonized energy system.

  • The Greening of China

    The Greening of China

    China became the world’s largest carbon polluter in 2006, surpassing the U.S. But it is also rapidly going green through cutting coal use, investing heavily in renewable energy and launching the world’s largest carbon trading system.

  • What’s the Real Story With Clean Coal?

    What’s the Real Story With Clean Coal?

    The Obama administration will propose new rules to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. But is “clean coal” technology up to the job?

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

  • Japan Retreats to Coal and Energy Incoherence Reigns Supreme

    Japan Retreats to Coal and Energy Incoherence Reigns Supreme

    Our climate challenged planet desperately needs a 21st century, low-polluting, decarbonized energy system.

  • The Greening of China

    The Greening of China

    China became the world’s largest carbon polluter in 2006, surpassing the U.S. But it is also rapidly going green through cutting coal use, investing heavily in renewable energy and launching the world’s largest carbon trading system.

  • What’s the Real Story With Clean Coal?

    What’s the Real Story With Clean Coal?

    The Obama administration will propose new rules to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. But is “clean coal” technology up to the job?