Steve Cohen, Author at State of the Planet - Page 2 of 18

Trump’s Destruction of National Monuments is Unethical and Short-Sighted

Preservation of national monuments is a moral issue—not a political, legal or economic issue—and we owe it to our children to stop Trump’s destruction of them.

by |December 12, 2017

What it Will Take to Decarbonize the Economy

The transition to a renewable resource-based economy will be a massive and complex endeavor and its difficulty should not be underestimated. The transition depends on five key components.

by |December 4, 2017

Sustainability, the New Economy and Lifelong Learning

As the economy demands new knowledge and as professionals seek to meet those needs, new forms of formal education and non-degree training will be required. It is the civic responsibility of America’s best universities to learn how to meet these needs.

by |November 27, 2017

New York City’s Subways Need Congestion Pricing Now

Charging drivers more could provide much-needed funding for public transit, while reducing traffic and making Manhattan a better place to live and work.

by |November 20, 2017

Main Streets, Malls, and Sustainable Consumption

As new technologies continue to change consumption patterns, land use and social norms, we have an opportunity to ensure these changes result in an exciting sustainable lifestyle in a new type of sustainable city.

by |November 15, 2017

Catastrophe and Community

Natural disaster reconstruction will not be easy, but our greatest assets in the rebuilding efforts are our communities and our common values.

by |November 8, 2017
homes destroyed by hurricane

The Disaster of Disaster Reconstruction

First responders have learned how to reduce the death toll from natural disasters, but America’s long-term response and approach to reconstruction suffers from uncertainty, bureaucracy and inadequate resources of every kind. Until we understand that disaster reconstruction is not part of emergency response, it will remain a disaster.

by |November 1, 2017

The Human and Financial Cost of Pollution

We need to ensure that our air, water and soil is free of poisons and to do that we need to take pollution control more seriously than we do today. Many industries have found that environmental regulation is compatible with long term production and profits.

by |October 23, 2017

Diversity, Tolerance, and Success in the Global Economy

Though Trump’s America doesn’t recognize the value of diversity, New York City views maintaining economic, racial, national and ethnic diversity as an important goal and matter of public policy.

by |October 16, 2017

Trump Cannot Stop the Transition to Environmental Sustainability

Trump cannot stop the attention most of us are paying to environmental sustainability, and I remain confident that the transition to a renewable resource-based economy has begun.

by |October 9, 2017