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Tag: emerging technologies

  • 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.

  • Earth Day’s Importance and Evolution Since 1970

    The issue for Earth Day, 2015, is how we marshal the forces of technology toward the goal of creating a sustainable, high-throughput economy. Some of these new technologies will damage our environment. Some, like solar power, can help protect the environment.

Science for the Planet: In these short video explainers, discover how scientists and scholars across the Columbia Climate School are working to understand the effects of climate change and help solve the crisis.
  • 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.

  • Earth Day’s Importance and Evolution Since 1970

    The issue for Earth Day, 2015, is how we marshal the forces of technology toward the goal of creating a sustainable, high-throughput economy. Some of these new technologies will damage our environment. Some, like solar power, can help protect the environment.