Sustainability Archives - State of the Planet

Legal Empowerment in Liberia: An Interview with Green Advocates

Liberian NGO Green Advocates has been using OpenLandContracts.org to give rural communities more leverage in the decisions that affect their lands.

Rescue worker during the aftermath of the Brumadinho dam collapse

Brumadinho Dam Collapse: Outlook and Policy Objectives

An uptick in mining-related tragedies in Brazil points to the need for stronger regulations.

by |March 18, 2019

The Electric Car, Technological Disruption, and Climate Change

There is no chance that the century-old technology of the internal combustion engine will remain much longer. It is a question of how long it will take to go electric.

by |March 18, 2019

Tyler Ellis: Becoming a Versatile Researcher

The Sustainability Science program is showing Tyler new ways of working with data and analyzing peer-reviewed research.

by |March 15, 2019
landfill with tractor on top

The Aftermath of China’s Waste Ban

The initial ban created a worldwide headache for scrap managers. The new version of the ban will surely lead to migraines.

by |March 11, 2019

Energy Efficiency: A Clue to Politically Feasible Climate Policy

The only politically feasible way of combatting climate change is to invest in research and development and infrastructure that makes our energy system more efficient and less dependent on fossil fuels.

by |March 11, 2019

Congestion Pricing Again

The idea is to charge more for driving on the most congested streets in the city and direct those funds to making mass transit more efficient and perhaps even pleasant.

by |March 4, 2019
hussein rashid

Exploring the Intersection of Faith and Environmental Justice

Theologian Hussein Rashid discusses the challenges and possibilities he sees in environmental justice work today.

Remotely-sensed image of a section of Central Park, New York City

High-Resolution Data Products Help Illuminate Urbanization’s Reach

High-resolution data on impervious surfaces and urban extents can shed new light on patterns of urban and rural development.

by |February 26, 2019
walmart checkout line Guilford banning plastic bags

Banning Plastic Bags, Town by Town: a Guide

If you’re already doing your part to reduce, reuse and recycle, what more can you do? Start by thinking bigger, but not too big — one community at a time.

by |February 20, 2019