Energy Archives - State of the Planet

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
oil rig climate change lawsuit

NYC is Suing Five Major Oil Companies Over Climate Change

Columbia University expert weighs in on the potential impacts of the lawsuit.

by |January 11, 2018

The Slow but Steady Progression Toward Environmental Sustainability

As 2017 ends and 2018 begins, many of us reflect on the year that has past and think about the year to come. In the United States we have had a year filled with disappointment but sparked by hope.

by |December 27, 2017
caribou graze in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: How Drilling for Oil Could Impact Wildlife

Congress is moving closer to opening Alaska’s pristine wilderness to oil and gas development. What might that mean for the creatures living there?

by |December 6, 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

Spring 2018 Earth Institute Internship Opportunities

By Chandler Precht The Earth Institute is offering undergraduate, graduate and PhD students with opportunities to intern in various departments and research centers in a variety of administration, communications and research roles. Interns work on a variety of sustainability-focused projects across The Earth Institute. These projects provide interns with hands-on workplace experience, allowing them to… read more

by |December 1, 2017
solar panels and the sky

Lamont to Harvest Sunshine from Solar Farm

Two solar arrays in Upstate New York will be up and ready at the end of November, poised to provide power and to help to reduce the Lamont campus’ carbon footprint.

by |November 16, 2017
A nuclear power plant concept based on a new reactor design

Could New Nuclear Reactors Power America’s Low-Carbon Future?

A documentary featuring Earth Institute scientists suggests next-generation reactors could be a safe and clean way to replace fossil fuels.

by |November 9, 2017

Forging Partnerships for Resilient, Low-Carbon Electricity Systems

As cities begin to rebuild infrastructure ravaged by hurricanes, now is the time to adopt climate-resilient energy systems. Innovative collaborations between public and private stakeholders can help.

by |October 13, 2017

Alumni Startup Brings Pay-as-you-Go Solar Energy to Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, only 1 percent of rural citizens have access to electricity. Easy Solar, founded by graduates of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, hopes to change that.

by |September 25, 2017