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  • The Truth About Gas Stoves

    The Truth About Gas Stoves

    Concerns have arisen gas stoves and their impacts on indoor air pollution and children’s health. What does the science show, and why are we only hearing about this now?

  • Why We Need to Ban Gas in New York State Buildings

    Why We Need to Ban Gas in New York State Buildings

    Banning gas connections in new buildings would have significant health benefits, in addition to helping to curb climate emissions.

  • To Build Climate Progress on Time Scales That Matter, Biden Should be Biden

    To Build Climate Progress on Time Scales That Matter, Biden Should be Biden

    The path forward requires negotiation, compromise, and open lines of communication with Republicans in Congress and elsewhere who have made climate change a focus.

  • More Plastic Is On the Way: What It Means for Climate Change

    More Plastic Is On the Way: What It Means for Climate Change

    Fossil fuel companies are ramping up production of virgin plastics, with huge potential consequences for climate and the environment.

  • Could 2020 Determine Fracking’s Future?

    Could 2020 Determine Fracking’s Future?

    With mounting evidence of health and environmental impacts, fracking faces opposition from many of the leading Democratic candidates for president.

  • New Podcast: U.S. Natural Gas in a Changing Climate

    New Podcast: U.S. Natural Gas in a Changing Climate

    In this episode of Columbia Energy Exchange from Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, host Bill Loveless is joined by Karen Harbert, the president and CEO of the American Gas Association.

  • Redefining our Relationship to Energy

    Redefining our Relationship to Energy

    MSSM alum Diana McCarthy-Bercury (’16) commuted from New Haven, Conn., to attend the MSSM program from 2012 to 2015. Diana is currently an energy efficiency program manager at Eversource, an electric and natural gas utility in New England, which specializes in energy services. She is determined to leave a mark by not leaving a mark.

  • As a Leading Environmental Organization Closes, Its Leader is Upbeat

    As a Leading Environmental Organization Closes, Its Leader is Upbeat

    Lester Brown, the global environmental leader, turned 81 this year and is closing The Earth Policy Institute, the environmental research organization he founded in 2001. His new book “The Great Transition” asserts that the world is shifting from fossil fuels to solar and wind energy.

  • The Fracking Facts

    The Fracking Facts

    Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method for extracting natural gas, has become a hot button issue across the U.S. But let’s try to look objectively at its benefits and risks.

Columbia campus skyline with text Columbia Climate School Class Day 2024 - Congratulations Graduates

Congratulations to our Columbia Climate School MA in Climate & Society Class of 2024! Learn about our May 10 Class Day celebration. #ColumbiaClimate2024

  • The Truth About Gas Stoves

    The Truth About Gas Stoves

    Concerns have arisen gas stoves and their impacts on indoor air pollution and children’s health. What does the science show, and why are we only hearing about this now?

  • Why We Need to Ban Gas in New York State Buildings

    Why We Need to Ban Gas in New York State Buildings

    Banning gas connections in new buildings would have significant health benefits, in addition to helping to curb climate emissions.

  • To Build Climate Progress on Time Scales That Matter, Biden Should be Biden

    To Build Climate Progress on Time Scales That Matter, Biden Should be Biden

    The path forward requires negotiation, compromise, and open lines of communication with Republicans in Congress and elsewhere who have made climate change a focus.

  • More Plastic Is On the Way: What It Means for Climate Change

    More Plastic Is On the Way: What It Means for Climate Change

    Fossil fuel companies are ramping up production of virgin plastics, with huge potential consequences for climate and the environment.

  • Could 2020 Determine Fracking’s Future?

    Could 2020 Determine Fracking’s Future?

    With mounting evidence of health and environmental impacts, fracking faces opposition from many of the leading Democratic candidates for president.

  • New Podcast: U.S. Natural Gas in a Changing Climate

    New Podcast: U.S. Natural Gas in a Changing Climate

    In this episode of Columbia Energy Exchange from Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, host Bill Loveless is joined by Karen Harbert, the president and CEO of the American Gas Association.

  • Redefining our Relationship to Energy

    Redefining our Relationship to Energy

    MSSM alum Diana McCarthy-Bercury (’16) commuted from New Haven, Conn., to attend the MSSM program from 2012 to 2015. Diana is currently an energy efficiency program manager at Eversource, an electric and natural gas utility in New England, which specializes in energy services. She is determined to leave a mark by not leaving a mark.

  • As a Leading Environmental Organization Closes, Its Leader is Upbeat

    As a Leading Environmental Organization Closes, Its Leader is Upbeat

    Lester Brown, the global environmental leader, turned 81 this year and is closing The Earth Policy Institute, the environmental research organization he founded in 2001. His new book “The Great Transition” asserts that the world is shifting from fossil fuels to solar and wind energy.

  • The Fracking Facts

    The Fracking Facts

    Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method for extracting natural gas, has become a hot button issue across the U.S. But let’s try to look objectively at its benefits and risks.