Columbia School of International and Public Affairs Archives - State of the Planet

Uncovering the Science behind Environmental Legislation

The MPA in Environmental Science and Policy Workshop requirements mirror real-world sustainability problem-solving.

by |August 6, 2018
wind turbine in sky

With a Carbon Tax, U.S. Could Surpass Paris Climate Goals

New report finds that a moderate carbon tax could dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions, with only minor effects on the economy.

by |July 17, 2018
Volcán de Fuego with smoke coming out the top

Experimental Forecasts Could Help Guatemala Recover from Volcanic Eruption

Rainfall predictions out to three weeks suggest the nation may get some relief from downpours that are hindering response and rebuilding.

by |June 26, 2018

Introducing the Environmental Science and Policy Class of 2019!

The graduate class consists of 57 students who will combat today’s most pressing sustainability and environmental problems.

by |May 31, 2018
wind turbine behind power lines, clean energy

The U.S. Can Still Take the Lead in Clean Energy Investment

In order for clean energy investments to deliver on their full potential for our economy, national security, and wellbeing, we need to remember three things.

by |May 31, 2018
Glenn Hubbard speaks about the benefits of a carbon tax

The Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax

Economist Glenn Hubbard explains why carbon pricing can appeal to people on both sides of the political aisle.

by |May 16, 2018

Vulnerabilities of a Coastal City: Reflections Five Years After Hurricane Sandy

A student shares her first-hand experience of the devastating storm, and discusses how New York City is building resilience—and how it could do better.

by |April 20, 2018
climate and health panel

“No Time for Delay” On Climate and Public Health, Doctors Warn

At meeting in mid-March, doctors, climate scientists, and global health specialists discussed how to tackle the health threats that climate change carries with it.

by |April 19, 2018
fruit in a market in kenya

New Columbia World Project to Address Climate Risks to Food in Six Countries

The project will focus on climate threats to food and nutrition in six developing countries, bringing research out of the lab and into the real world.

by |March 23, 2018

SIPA Israel Delegation Trip: Cooperation through Sustainability

This student-led initiative takes graduate students to Israel for a rich exchange of ideas. This year’s trip focused on environmentalism, resource management, and climate change.

by |February 14, 2018