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How Synthetic Biology Can Help the Environment

Artificial and modified organisms could become essential tools to fight climate change, clean up pollution, protect biodiversity, and more.

by |August 14, 2019
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New Podcast Explores Recent Flurry of Carbon Tax Proposals in Congress

In this edition of Columbia Energy Exchange, host Bill Loveless talks with Noah Kaufman, an economist specializing in carbon pricing, about this burst of activity on Capitol Hill and its implications for policymaking.

by |August 13, 2019

Scientists Link Climate Change to Melting in West Antarctica

A new study shows, for the first time, evidence of a link between human-caused global warming and melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

by |August 12, 2019

WOW-ing and RAW-ing in the South Pacific

Despite all the “Waiting on Weather” and “Running Away from Weather,” the expedition recovered exciting new sedimentary climate records in the remote and notoriously stormy Southern Ocean.

by |August 7, 2019

More Intense Non-Tropical Storms Causing Increased Rainfall in U.S. Southeast

In the Southeastern United States, the increasing amount of rain during hurricane season is coming not from hurricanes but from non-tropical storms created by weather fronts, new research finds.

by |August 7, 2019

What Moody’s Recent Acquisition Means for Assessing the Costs of the Climate Crisis

The acquisition of Four Twenty Seven, a leading provider of insight on economic climate risk, stands out as an indicator that the climate crisis is seen as a material risk that corporations and governments must consider.

by |August 5, 2019

Toward a Pragmatic Climate Policy

I often say that the human species is ingenious and not suicidal. This would be a good time for America to demonstrate that instinct for survival and pragmatic invention.

by |August 5, 2019
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Why Green Bonds Could Be Key to Fighting Climate Change

The idea behind green bonds is not complicated, but the application of this simple financial mechanism could be transformational.

by |August 2, 2019
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Iceland to Commemorate the Demise of Okjökull Glacier

On August 18, 2019, an event will be held to install a monument to Okjökull, the first Icelandic glacier lost due to human-caused climate change.

by |August 1, 2019
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New Resource Compares All the Carbon Tax Proposals in Congress Right Now

An unprecedented number of carbon tax plans are currently on the table in Congress. A new online resource from the Center on Global Energy Policy compares the different proposals and explains what you need to know about a federal carbon tax.

by |August 1, 2019