Energy Archives - State of the Planet

Low angle view of African American lab worker examining machine part while working in a lab.

U.S. Should Launch a National Energy Innovation Mission to Reach Climate Goals

A new report details a plan to kickstart energy innovation in the U.S.

by |September 15, 2020
high voltage signs near electrical facility

What’s Ailing California’s Electric System?

Four “preexisting conditions” need to be addressed in order to avoid power outages in the future.

by Cheryl A. LaFleur |September 2, 2020
Oil and Gas Transformation Map from the World Economic Forum

Interactive Map Lets You Explore the Forces Transforming the Oil and Gas Industry

The map, created by the World Economic Forum, includes analysis from experts at Columbia’s Center on Global Energy Policy.

by |August 26, 2020
chart showing co2 emissions

Kamala Harris’ Plan For International Climate Cooperation Could Smooth the Transition From Fossil Fuels

A coalition of leading governments would help secure an equitable, efficient, and just transition to the energy sources of the future.

by Aimee Barnes |August 20, 2020

Life After Coal: The Decline and Rise of West Virginia Coal Country

Areas formerly reliant on fossil fuel extraction can reinvent themselves and remain relevant in a decarbonizing economy. West Virginia shows that ignoring the need for that transition for too long results in unnecessary pain.

by Eric Scheuch |August 7, 2020
solar panels nuclear power sustainability science

New Online Tool Tracks Energy Investments During Economic Recovery

Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy has launched a website to track how pandemic recovery packages are shaping the future of energy and climate.

by |July 28, 2020
solar panels in front of shanghai skyline

Is China Still a Developing Country? And Why It Matters for Energy and Climate

Understanding the nature and implications of China’s unique status can help in designing energy and climate policies, and promoting sustainable growth.

by |July 23, 2020
map of biomass and wind energy areas

Success of NY Offshore Wind Industry Depends on Collaboration with Scallop Fishery

A student asserts that wind development companies need to take fishermen’s concerns more seriously, so that both industries can coexist successfully.

by Louise Efthimiou |July 13, 2020

Environmental Justice and Economic Recovery

An American infrastructure revitalization program could put people to work while improving the efficiency and quality of our communities and economy.

by |July 6, 2020

Even During Lockdown, California Moves to Decarbonize Trucking

California’s Air Resource Board and governor deserve enormous credit for moving ahead even in the face of the worsening pandemic. It demonstrates leadership, vision and persistence.

by |June 29, 2020