State of the Planet

News from the Columbia Climate School

emerging technologies

  • The Emerging Field of Sustainable Agriculture

    The Emerging Field of Sustainable Agriculture

    In the United States—and throughout the world—there is potential for a transformation of agricultural practices to make them more efficient and less polluting.

  • Regulating Technological Complexity

    Regulating Technological Complexity

    It is in the public interest to regulate new and emerging technologies to reduce the harm they create. Broad policies can be set by law, but the detailed rules must be left to experts in administrative agencies.

  • Technology, Culture, Economics, and Politics

    Technology, Culture, Economics, and Politics

    Technological change has been the largest stimulator of rapid cultural change over the past two centuries and will continue to be the major cause of social, economic, and political change.

  • New Technology Will Determine the Pace of Decarbonization

    New Technology Will Determine the Pace of Decarbonization

    While the technology we need to complete the transition to renewable energy is not yet here, the pace of technological innovation is accelerating.

  • Technology and the Public Interest

    Technology and the Public Interest

    It is time that we learn to expect and mitigate the negative results of technology. It is time to pay attention to the impact of technology on the public interest.   

  • Watch Live: Turning CO2 to Stone, Scientists Discuss a Climate Solution

    Watch Live: Turning CO2 to Stone, Scientists Discuss a Climate Solution

    On June 24, a scientist involved in the CarbFix carbon capture and storage project in Iceland will give a live-streamed presentation about the technology and the project’s success at turning CO2 to stone.

  • Understanding the Sustainable Lifestyle

    While I remain convinced that humans require live interaction and in person contact to be effective, a high proportion of communication is electronic and require few incremental resources to be undertaken. I am quite certain that we spend more time than ever communicating professionally and personally.

  • Watch: Building Solutions for Water Challenges

    Watch: Building Solutions for Water Challenges

    From aging and leaky pipes to pollution and shrinking aquifers, America’s water infrastructure faces a growing set of challenges. A new video describes how the America’s Water Initiative, a program based at the Columbia Water Center, is trying to address those issues.

  • Garbage: The Back End of the Renewable Economy

    Many cities around the world are implementing innovative measures to deal with waste, and are increasingly incorporating waste management into sustainability plans. Some cities are setting positive examples through aggressive recycling and zero waste programs.

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  • The Emerging Field of Sustainable Agriculture

    The Emerging Field of Sustainable Agriculture

    In the United States—and throughout the world—there is potential for a transformation of agricultural practices to make them more efficient and less polluting.

  • Regulating Technological Complexity

    Regulating Technological Complexity

    It is in the public interest to regulate new and emerging technologies to reduce the harm they create. Broad policies can be set by law, but the detailed rules must be left to experts in administrative agencies.

  • Technology, Culture, Economics, and Politics

    Technology, Culture, Economics, and Politics

    Technological change has been the largest stimulator of rapid cultural change over the past two centuries and will continue to be the major cause of social, economic, and political change.

  • New Technology Will Determine the Pace of Decarbonization

    New Technology Will Determine the Pace of Decarbonization

    While the technology we need to complete the transition to renewable energy is not yet here, the pace of technological innovation is accelerating.

  • Technology and the Public Interest

    Technology and the Public Interest

    It is time that we learn to expect and mitigate the negative results of technology. It is time to pay attention to the impact of technology on the public interest.   

  • Watch Live: Turning CO2 to Stone, Scientists Discuss a Climate Solution

    Watch Live: Turning CO2 to Stone, Scientists Discuss a Climate Solution

    On June 24, a scientist involved in the CarbFix carbon capture and storage project in Iceland will give a live-streamed presentation about the technology and the project’s success at turning CO2 to stone.

  • Understanding the Sustainable Lifestyle

    While I remain convinced that humans require live interaction and in person contact to be effective, a high proportion of communication is electronic and require few incremental resources to be undertaken. I am quite certain that we spend more time than ever communicating professionally and personally.

  • Watch: Building Solutions for Water Challenges

    Watch: Building Solutions for Water Challenges

    From aging and leaky pipes to pollution and shrinking aquifers, America’s water infrastructure faces a growing set of challenges. A new video describes how the America’s Water Initiative, a program based at the Columbia Water Center, is trying to address those issues.

  • Garbage: The Back End of the Renewable Economy

    Many cities around the world are implementing innovative measures to deal with waste, and are increasingly incorporating waste management into sustainability plans. Some cities are setting positive examples through aggressive recycling and zero waste programs.