Steve Cohen, Author at State of the Planet

The State and Local Role in Protecting America’s Environment

The U.S. EPA is shrinking at the very time we need it to expand, but the environmental functions performed by state, county, and city governments will continue to grow.

by |July 16, 2018

The Post-Pruitt EPA

While it is possible to predict the most probable form the post-Pruitt EPA will take, we should strive for something better.

by |July 9, 2018

Immigration and American Values

The core American values of openness to new neighbors, tolerance, and the importance of family and charity are hard-wired into our culture.

by |July 2, 2018

Sustainability Management, Economic Prosperity, and Scientific Literacy

America’s future prosperity depends on enhancing the technological sophistication and scientific literacy of the people running our organizations.

by |June 25, 2018

The Purpose and Goals of Sustainability Education

Developing, understanding and applying knowledge of environmental problems and the solutions to those problems is the purpose of sustainability research and education.

by |June 18, 2018

Scott Pruitt and the Chemical Industry Collude to Deregulate Toxic Chemicals

The persistence of toxic chemicals and substances like plastics throughout the biosphere has impacts that are not yet well understood and may be very difficult to predict.

by |June 11, 2018

EPA’s Pruitt Promotes Fossil Fuels but Can’t Stop Renewable Energy

Fossil fuels will not go away quickly, but they will go away. Those fossil fuel companies that lead the transition to renewable energy will survive and thrive.

by |June 4, 2018

Saving the NYC Subways will Require Money and Political Courage

Both our governor and mayor need to place public service above political gain to save our mass transit system.

by |May 29, 2018

Greening the Internet

We don’t yet understand what the internet is doing to our politics and culture, but we do know what it’s doing to the planet.

by |May 21, 2018

Public Space and the Sustainable City

As our planet becomes more urban, the importance of parks and other public spaces becomes magnified.

by |May 14, 2018