Category: Energy

From Theory to Reality: Closing the Carbon Loop

by | 4.8.2014 at 3:20pm
artificial trees, carbon capture

Carbon capture, storage and reuse has the potential to help us reduce CO2 emissions and combat global warming. The Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy is bringing together experts from an array of fields to assess the state of the technology April 14-16.

Student Research Showcase 2014

by | 4.7.2014 at 1:55pm
Students discuss research outcomes after video presentation.

The Earth Institute, Columbia University is proud to support student research in the areas of environment and sustainable development at the annual Student Research Showcase on April 25, 2014. Student interns, research assistants and travel grant recipients, and their Faculty and Research Advisors, will be honored for their research contributions that ranged in topics from biodiversity, urban planning, earth sciences to international development.

IPCC Says Managing Risks of Climate Change is Critical

by | 4.2.2014 at 1:52pm
floodedstreet--lahore-pakistan-fi

Among the key findings of the WGII AR5 Report chapter on human security, a topic highlighted in the Report for the first time, is that societies in conflict are more vulnerable to climate change.

Researcher Takes Measure of Carbon Storage in Iceland

by | 3.28.2014 at 1:46pm
Yinghuang, C14 tracer injection, Carbfix, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy

The idea of capturing carbon and storing it away offers an appealing solution to the “greenhouse gas” emissions from fossil fuels that are warming the planet. But how can we measure the process well enough to know what sort of impact the technology has?

Managing Energy Efficiency: Translating Policy into Action

by | 3.18.2014 at 3:12pm

It seems logical that conserving energy is good for everyone: reducing carbon pollution is good for the environment, and conserving resources makes financial sense. Yet, getting customers to participate in cost-saving, energy-efficient programs is not as straightforward as one might think. To examine this issue further, on March 13, the Earth Institute co-hosted, with the Center on Global Energy Policy, a panel event with energy experts from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (and across public and private sectors), who discussed energy efficiency and what needs to happen to encourage people to take part in these programs.

Diminishing Ice Intensifies Spotlight on Arctic

by | 3.10.2014 at 1:54pm
Alpine Oil Field, Alaska

As the arctic region loses ice in a changing climate, the economic and social tradeoffs are unclear. How will we balance economic, social and environmental functions? The Center on Global Energy Policy and the Consulate General of Canada in New York will examine these questions in a discussion on March 26: “Understanding the Arctic Resource Challenge: Canada and U.S. Perspectives.”

Cold Facts

by | 3.7.2014 at 9:00am
oil fields, North Dakota

Satellites cast their wide gaze
At night, on the bright Bakken blaze;
Bright as a large, sparkly city,
Up close, it’s not quite as pretty.

Mekong Delta and Three Gorges Dam: World’s First Climate Change Resettlements?

by | 3.6.2014 at 12:40pm
display at Three Gorges Dam Museum in Chongqing

Many resettlers are economically better off, but the dislocations remain significant, especially for older resettlers, who have a harder time getting work in the newly developed industrial sector. Although the plight of some resettlers has been quite difficult (one older man competed fiercely to serve as a porter for us for the royal sum of $6), and there are stories of suicide in some resettler communities, it is hard to separate the problems they face from the larger dislocations that are so prevalent in 21st century China.

Con Ed Agrees to Climate Change Plan

by | 2.24.2014 at 2:13pm
Manhattan, Hurricane Sandy

In a groundbreaking agreement, Consolidated Edison, one of New York’s major utility companies, will incorporate plans to protect the power system from the effects of climate change as part of a new multi-year rate plan.

Science and Solutions for Sustainable Development: 2013 Annual Report

by | 2.17.2014 at 1:51pm
donor-report2

The Earth Institute is grateful to its many partners for their important role in the effort to develop the science and solutions necessary for sustainable development. Please visit the interactive digital 2013 Annual Report to read more about how we are forging partnerships across disciplines and sectors to advance the global effort to guide our planet onto a path toward sustainability.