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The Transition to Environmental Sustainability is Underway, But It Won’t Be Easy

The transition to environmental sustainability will change the material basis of the world economy. This shift has begun, and its pace will be influenced by technology, capital, and public policy.

by |January 3, 2023

Five Things the Energy Transition Can’t Do Without

Achieving the energy transition will take money, minerals, land, water, and skilled labor. Will we have enough of each?

by |December 7, 2022

Fossil Fuels Are Dying, but They’re Not Dead Yet

It’s relatively easy to hang banners and call for rapid change. It’s far more difficult to do the work required to build the new energy system we need.

by |November 14, 2022

New York City’s Dynamism is Why Our City Will Not Fail

Diversity and tolerance comprise the secret sauce that fuels New York City’s creative and economic dynamism.

by |November 7, 2022

Preventing a Fossil Fuel Comeback in Congress

It makes economic, political, national security, and environmental sense to promote renewable energy and allow energy price competition to drive fossil fuels out of the marketplace.

by |October 24, 2022

We Need a Realistic Path to Decarbonize New York’s Electric Grid

Decarbonization is largely unpredictable, but there are some elements we can predict.

by |October 17, 2022
people watch as power plant towers fall

Short Film Captures the Story of a Just Energy Transition in Tonawanda, NY

Directed by a former Earth Institute postdoc, the documentary shows how residents pushed for justice and dignity when two major coal plants closed down.

by Liv Yoon |October 10, 2022
solar panels damaged from typhoon

The Energy Transition Needs to Be Climate-Proofed

Increasingly extreme weather has the potential to derail renewable energy projects — but there are a few things we can do to keep moving forward.

by Corey Lesk and Kai Kornhuber |September 7, 2022

Predicting the Future of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The transition away from fossil fuels will take a generation: it is a matter of decades, not days, weeks, months, or years. It requires understanding the problem’s scale and uncertainty and the role of the public and private sectors.

by |August 15, 2022

Energy Insecurity and the Price of Gasoline Are Promoting Renewable Energy

While fossil fuels will be needed for a generation as we transition to renewables, they will ultimately be driven from the marketplace by price, pollution, and the performance of renewable energy.

by |August 1, 2022