Tag: Energy

The Politics of Fracking: Polarization in New York State

by | 9.26.2014 at 8:45am
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While public opinion is fairly skewed against the fracking process, policy actors in New York State can best be described as polarized. Predictably, the pro-fracking group generally disagrees with environmental groups while the anti-fracking group generally disagrees with the oil industry. Policy actors in New York had stark differences in answers on a wide variety of questions.

Photo Essay: Studying Fracking’s Effects, Up Close and Personal

by | 9.2.2014 at 1:38pm
Geochemist Beizhan Yan of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is studying the environmental effects. His vest carries sensors to record air quality and noise levels as  he walks.

Ten years ago, hydraulic fracturing barely existed. Today 45,000 fracked wells produce natural gas, providing energy for millions of homes and businesses, and nearly a quarter of the nation’s electricity. But scientists are far behind in understanding how this boom affects people near wells. Geochemists Beizhan Yan and James Ross of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory are trying to fill in this gap.

EPA’s Upcoming Carbon Rules: A Primer

by | 5.30.2014 at 4:17pm | 1 Comment
co2 sources & sinks

On Monday, June 2, President Obama will announce proposed federal rules aimed at curbing carbon emissions from existing U.S. power plants–possibly a landmark in U.S. climate policy. It is uncertain how far the rule will go, and the announcement is being closely watched around the world.

Climate Change’s Bottom Line

by | 5.14.2014 at 2:39pm | 1 Comment
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In the face of climate change, companies cannot continue to do “business as usual.” The risks and challenges of the changing climate threaten the bottom line, but also offer unprecedented opportunities.

A Renewing Interest in Energy

by | 5.13.2014 at 2:04pm
Ozgur Sahin

Should Ozgur Sahin, associate professor of biological sciences and physics of Columbia University, continue expanding upon his work in researching how the tiny movements of microbes can be harnessed to create electrical and mechanical energy, it may pave the way for a world fueled by bacterial spores.

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.

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.”

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
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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.

Map: Where Are the Trashiest New Yorkers?

by | 2.6.2014 at 1:35pm
NYC Trash Map

No, not that kind of trashy – we’re talking here about what New York City neighborhoods produce the most municipal solid waste per person.