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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
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A Renewable Future for Formerly Incarcerated New Yorkers

Rikers Island, the world’s largest penal colony, could become a solar farm. While this is a significant step toward a healthier future, certain considerations must be taken into account to ensure the transition is just and equitable.

by Joshua Nodiff |December 15, 2022
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With Historic Droughts on the Rise, We Must Reclaim Our Water

Droughts are becoming much more severe and widespread, disrupting industry and sustenance around the world. To combat water scarcity, neighborhoods must reconsider the design of their wastewater systems.

by Joshua Nodiff |December 14, 2022
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Mock Climate Negotiations Give Students a Global Perspective

Why is it so hard to stop climate change? A mock COP27 classroom activity helped students better understand climate negotiations, and taught them that a solid climate education includes perspectives from across the world.

by Rex Koenig |December 13, 2022

New York City’s Food Waste and the Circular Economy

Food waste provides an opportunity for New York City to place itself on the cutting edge of waste recycling.

by |December 5, 2022
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Layoffs in Big Tech Are an Opportunity to Tackle Climate Change

Anyone working in tech already has the skills to help solve our generation’s biggest challenge.

by Thomas Turnbull |December 2, 2022

Fossil Fuels Are Dying, but They’re Not Dead Yet

It’s relatively easy to hang banners and call for rapid change. It’s far more difficult to do the work required to build the new energy system we need.

by |November 14, 2022
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I Shouldn’t Have to Pay to Fly With a Clean Conscience

It is crucial that policymakers focus on regulating airline emissions and fostering innovation in sustainable aviation fuels.

by Matteo Chiadò Piat |November 8, 2022

New York City’s Dynamism is Why Our City Will Not Fail

Diversity and tolerance comprise the secret sauce that fuels New York City’s creative and economic dynamism.

by |November 7, 2022
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We Are Running Out of Time to Pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

The Senate has a unique opportunity to transform conservation efforts in the U.S. And with midterm elections coming soon, the clock is ticking.

by Ezekiel Maben, Oliver Hegi, Mel Peh, and Courtney Federico |November 4, 2022