Energy Archives - State of the Planet

Affordable Energy and Water Are Out of Reach for the Urban Poor. Providing Both Would Be Simple.

A visit to a slum in Kampala, Uganda, reveals how the poor pay exorbitant prices for basic utilities that other city dwellers take for granted. The problem could be easily solved.

by Vijay Modi |June 6, 2022
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Cryptocurrency’s Dirty Secret: Energy Consumption

To be a true game changer, crypto may need to come clean and go green.

by |May 4, 2022

How Utilities Can Help Communities Build Economic Resilience to Disasters: Part II

Given the essential role of the power grid, electric utilities are in a unique position to lead disaster mitigation and preparedness.

by Qëndresa Krasniqi, Ryan Burg, Renée Skeete and Jackie Ratner |October 8, 2021

Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: 2021 and Beyond

Earth Institute researchers are in the field studying the dynamics of the planet on every continent and every ocean. Here is a list of projects.

by |August 24, 2021
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The Texas Power Grid and the Failure of Deregulation

While we need to mitigate climate change and will need government-driven public policy to do that, we must also adapt to the climate change that is already underway.

by |February 22, 2021

The State of Nuclear Energy Today — and What Lies Ahead

The IPCC has identified nuclear power as key to controlling climate change. Can new reactors bring about a nuclear revival?

by |November 23, 2020
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Virtual Talk Emphasizes Links Between Housing, Energy, and Environmental Justice

Sociologist Diana Hernandez highlighted the need to consider a variety of factors when it comes to designing solutions for low-income and communities of color.

by Evan Lim |November 9, 2020
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In the 2020 Elections, It’s Not Just the Presidential Race That Matters

State utility commissioners play a vital role in shaping the transition to renewable energy and protecting vulnerable populations.

by Angie Tran |October 23, 2020
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Reporter Russell Gold Warns Against a ‘Failure of Imagination’ in the Energy Sector

In an interview with State of the Planet, the journalist shares some of the lessons he’s learned about climate change while reporting on energy and power companies.

by Benjamin M. Hogan |September 23, 2020

Alumni Spotlight: Pooja Chawda, Decarbonizing the Future by Cultivating Interconnectedness

Her degree in Sustainability Manage helps her to fuse policy with environment and social justice.

by |September 3, 2020