Sabin Center for Climate Change Law Archives - State of the Planet

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

With Climate Impacts Growing, Insurance Companies Face Big Challenges

As natural disasters become more frequent and more costly, the struggling insurance market could affect the entire economy. To weather the storms ahead, insurers will need to make some changes.

by |November 3, 2022
delegates sitting at tables at COP26

Loss and Damage: What Is It, and Will There Be Progress at COP27?

This seemingly simple term carries a lot of baggage. Scholars at the Columbia Climate School are helping to envision what forward movement could look like.

by |November 1, 2022
Comparison of installation costs of residential solar, commercial rooftop solar, and utility-scale solar.

Solar Panels Reduce CO2 Emissions More Per Acre Than Trees — and Much More Than Corn Ethanol

A response to a recent essay in the New York Times.

by Matthew Eisenson |October 26, 2022
protest against wind farm development in Oaxaca

Mining, Land Grabs, and More: When Decarbonization Conflicts With Human Rights

Transitioning off fossil fuels isn’t all sunshine and roses. Experts from around Columbia Climate School weigh in on how governments and developers can move forward responsibly.

by |September 22, 2022
oil or gas well in pasture land in texas

Surprise: Inflation Reduction Act Makes Oil and Gas Development on Federal Land Less Attractive

The bill’s requirement to offer land for oil and gas development may have a more limited impact than feared.

by Romany Webb |August 17, 2022
chart showing u.s. emissions falling

What the Inflation Reduction Act Does — and Doesn’t Do — for Climate

It’s the U.S.’s first bill that focuses on climate change, but it’s not perfect.

by |August 12, 2022
The Greenidge Generation power plant.

New York Denies Air Quality Permit to a Cryptocurrency Mining Facility, Citing Sabin Center White Paper

On June 30, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation denied an application to renew an air quality permit for the Greenidge Generating Station, citing work published by Columbia Climate School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.

by Jacob Elkin |July 7, 2022
statue in front of Supreme Federal Court Building in Brasília

Advancements in Climate Rights in Courts Around the World

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in West Virginia. v. EPA, rulings in other countries demonstrate that courts worldwide remain an important forum for potentially advancing climate rights.

by Maria Antonia Tigre |July 6, 2022
kelp in water

Cultivating Seaweed for Carbon Removal in California: Barriers and Recommendations

Seaweed farms could capture and store carbon emissions. A new paper suggests leasing and permitting changes that could help the industry thrive in California.

by Korey Silverman-Roati |June 29, 2022