State of the Planet

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Tag: technological innovation

  • The Uses and Limits of Global Climate Conferences

    The Uses and Limits of Global Climate Conferences

    Global conferences have educational and media value, but the new technologies, business models, and policies that will ultimately address the climate crisis will be implemented on local and national levels.

  • Technology, Culture, Economics, and Politics

    Technology, Culture, Economics, and Politics

    Technological change has been the largest stimulator of rapid cultural change over the past two centuries and will continue to be the major cause of social, economic, and political change.

  • New Technology Will Determine the Pace of Decarbonization

    New Technology Will Determine the Pace of Decarbonization

    While the technology we need to complete the transition to renewable energy is not yet here, the pace of technological innovation is accelerating.

  • Earth Day Urgency

    Earth Day Urgency

    We are nowhere close to achieving the transition to environmental sustainability, but the process is well underway here in the United States. To achieve this, we need to think about our shared values rather than our differences. Let’s make every day an Earth Day.

  • Ukraine Demonstrates the Problem With Nuclear Power

    Ukraine Demonstrates the Problem With Nuclear Power

    The technology we depend on needs to be resilient, reliable, and as safe as possible. Nuclear power fails those tests, as the war in this nuclear energy-dependent nation demonstrates.

  • COVID, Climate, and Collective Global Social Responsibility

    COVID, Climate, and Collective Global Social Responsibility

    President Biden’s actions last week represented an implicit understanding of this nation’s global social responsibility.

  • Climate Policy’s Critical Moment is Here

    Climate Policy’s Critical Moment is Here

    The environmental catastrophe predicted by climate modelers a generation ago is upon us. We need to provide the resources and organizational capacity required to end most use of fossil fuels as fast as possible.

  • Why We Will Meet the Challenge of the Climate Crisis

    Why We Will Meet the Challenge of the Climate Crisis

    Technology solves problems and creates problems, and then new technology is needed to solve the problems created by earlier technologies. It’s an endless cycle.

  • Kerry Was Correct: Decarbonization Will Require New Technology

    Kerry Was Correct: Decarbonization Will Require New Technology

    Global environmental sustainability is a fundamental challenge that requires learning and hard work across many problems and possible solutions.

Science for the Planet: In these short video explainers, discover how scientists and scholars across the Columbia Climate School are working to understand the effects of climate change and help solve the crisis.
  • The Uses and Limits of Global Climate Conferences

    The Uses and Limits of Global Climate Conferences

    Global conferences have educational and media value, but the new technologies, business models, and policies that will ultimately address the climate crisis will be implemented on local and national levels.

  • Technology, Culture, Economics, and Politics

    Technology, Culture, Economics, and Politics

    Technological change has been the largest stimulator of rapid cultural change over the past two centuries and will continue to be the major cause of social, economic, and political change.

  • New Technology Will Determine the Pace of Decarbonization

    New Technology Will Determine the Pace of Decarbonization

    While the technology we need to complete the transition to renewable energy is not yet here, the pace of technological innovation is accelerating.

  • Earth Day Urgency

    Earth Day Urgency

    We are nowhere close to achieving the transition to environmental sustainability, but the process is well underway here in the United States. To achieve this, we need to think about our shared values rather than our differences. Let’s make every day an Earth Day.

  • Ukraine Demonstrates the Problem With Nuclear Power

    Ukraine Demonstrates the Problem With Nuclear Power

    The technology we depend on needs to be resilient, reliable, and as safe as possible. Nuclear power fails those tests, as the war in this nuclear energy-dependent nation demonstrates.

  • COVID, Climate, and Collective Global Social Responsibility

    COVID, Climate, and Collective Global Social Responsibility

    President Biden’s actions last week represented an implicit understanding of this nation’s global social responsibility.

  • Climate Policy’s Critical Moment is Here

    Climate Policy’s Critical Moment is Here

    The environmental catastrophe predicted by climate modelers a generation ago is upon us. We need to provide the resources and organizational capacity required to end most use of fossil fuels as fast as possible.

  • Why We Will Meet the Challenge of the Climate Crisis

    Why We Will Meet the Challenge of the Climate Crisis

    Technology solves problems and creates problems, and then new technology is needed to solve the problems created by earlier technologies. It’s an endless cycle.

  • Kerry Was Correct: Decarbonization Will Require New Technology

    Kerry Was Correct: Decarbonization Will Require New Technology

    Global environmental sustainability is a fundamental challenge that requires learning and hard work across many problems and possible solutions.