Steve Cohen, Author at State of the Planet

The Politics and Cost of Adapting to Climate Change in New York City

It’s not clear what might place climate adaptation on our national agenda, but it’s less costly to anticipate and avoid disaster than recover from it.

by |January 21, 2020

Bringing Consensus Politics Back to Environmental Issues

In the blue-red political world we’ve created we need to remember the values we share and our interdependency.

by |January 13, 2020

The Renewable Rather than Roaring Twenties: A Sustainability Decade

I believe we are entering the decade when humankind will firmly pivot in the direction of sustainability.

by |January 6, 2020
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Automation and Public Policy

We need to develop public policies designed to deal with the impact of automation on people.

by |December 30, 2019
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Moving Toward Sustainable Energy in New York City

It is the leadership that we are seeing from New York’s government and institutions today that will help ensure that the cost structure of New York City’s energy will be able to compete with enlightened cities around the globe.

by |December 23, 2019

COP 25 in Madrid and the Limits of Climate Diplomacy

I remain optimistic about the technologies of renewable energy and the economic opportunities presented by our need to decarbonize and modernize our energy system.

by |December 16, 2019

New York City and the Brain-Based Economy

We need fresh thinking and creative problem solving to generate the revenues, programs and institutions that will continue New York’s tradition of opportunity coupled with compassion and a measure of equity.

by |December 9, 2019
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The Dangers of Deregulation

Deregulation reinforces a Wild West mindset that is inappropriate for the crowded planet that we all live on.

by |December 2, 2019

The Symbolic and Substantive Politics of Climate Change

The many efforts to communicate the climate emergency are all necessary but not sufficient methods for reducing greenhouse gas pollution. Today’s words must lead to tomorrow’s actions.

by |November 25, 2019

The Continued Attack on Federal Civil Servants

It will take many years to rebuild America’s institutions and norms and if we are not careful the stable, creative, high energy and path-breaking nation we inherited will slowly fade into the sunset.

by |November 18, 2019