Steve Cohen, Author at State of the Planet

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California’s Misguided Attempt to Force Urban Density

Government should encourage urban living by making it more affordable and attractive, and provide incentives for density; it should not try to mandate it.

by |March 19, 2018

Pruitt’s Relentless Attack on Climate Science and Environmental Regulation

The thought that it might be prudent to adapt to climate change and mitigate its impact has occurred to nearly all of the world’s leaders. However, in this country, our President and EPA Administrator are still not convinced there is a climate crisis.

by |March 12, 2018
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Funding Renewable Energy is Easier Than Taxing Carbon

Given the political infeasibility of a carbon tax to speed the transformation to a sustainable economy, we need to rapidly move on to another policy approach.

by |March 5, 2018
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The Emerging Sustainability Professional

We are at the start of a new era in organizational management, and it will be led by a new generation of sustainability professionals.

by |February 26, 2018

Trump’s Energy Dominance and the Future of Fossil Fuels

We have a presidency and an energy policy that is seeking to achieve fossil fuel dominance at the very moment that the rest of the world is desperately working to replace those fuels with renewable alternatives.

by |February 19, 2018

EPA Administrator Pruitt’s Misguided Conclusions About Climate Change

Last week, Scott Pruitt provided us with additional insight into his views about climate change.

by |February 12, 2018

The Politics of Technical Complexity

In addition to understanding basic science, we need to think about the use of the technologies that we develop.

by |February 5, 2018
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We Can Sustainably Manage the Environment—But We Need to Work at It

The story of plastic pollution in our coral reefs makes it clear how important it is to sustainably manage our environment.

by |January 29, 2018
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Congestion Pricing and a Sustainable NYC

Solving the transit problem is key to New York City’s health and well-being, and a new congestion pricing proposal is serious starting point.

by |January 22, 2018

The Hard Work of Making Sustainability Management Real

To have meaningful change on sustainability, corporations, nonprofits and governments must bring it into the regular fabric of organizational life.

by |January 16, 2018