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Technology’s Costs and Benefits

The transformative technologies of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries have brought incredible benefits but also substantial costs. The central issue of our time is understanding and mitigating those costs when we can, and adapting to them when we cannot.

by |December 19, 2022

With Major Prize, a Project to Turn Carbon Emissions to Stone Gains Momentum

With the award of a 2022 Earthshot prize, new technology to remove carbon from the air by speeding up natural underground chemical reactions moves closer to reality.

by |December 12, 2022
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Columbia Student Presents Climate Change Board Games at COP27

Sustainability Management student Jiangnan Shen co-founded a company that is exploring new ways to teach sustainable development. She tells us about the company’s games and how they can contribute to climate action.

by |November 18, 2022

Sustainability Start-ups: Creativity in the Transition to An Environmentally Sound Society

I am amazed by the work I’ve seen by my students and graduates as they translate their environmental principles into practical sustainability practice in a world desperate for innovation.

by |April 18, 2022

Students Secure Funding to Prototype Lamppost Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles

A company that grew out of a Sustainability Management class project aims to accelerate EV adoption by making access to chargers more equitable.

by Caroline Horrigan |February 18, 2022
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Offshore Wind Farms Could Capture Carbon From Air and Store It

When the wind can produce more power than is needed, that unused power could be used to remove carbon from the air and lock it away.

by David Goldberg |January 28, 2022
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Restoring Peace in Family Systems in Communities of Color

A therapist aims to help her patients by adapting conflict resolution tactics during a fellowship at Columbia’s Teachers College.

by Kongit Farrell |January 21, 2022

Clearing the Air: Decarbonization Technologies Take a Giant Step Forward

Research from Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is being used to pull CO2 out of the air.

by |January 6, 2022
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To Solve Climate Change, We Need More Than Incremental Changes

The free market favors short-term profits and small-scale solutions. Funding the systemic changes that are needed will require more government backing and a change to our incentive structure.

by JAMES A.G. KAHN |December 15, 2021

Oceans Could Be Harnessed to Remove Carbon From Air, Say U.S. Science Leaders

Seaweed cultivation, altering the chemistry of seawater, or even injecting electrical currents should be studied, say the authors.

by |December 9, 2021