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

Alum Spotlight: Presidential Management Fellow Reflects on Transition to the Public Sector

An MPA in Environmental Science and Policy alum discusses her role as an international trade specialist and how Columbia helped facilitate a pivot to the public sector.

by |May 1, 2019

Student Spotlight: From Marine Biology to Environmental Policy

MPA in Environmental Science and Policy student Shirley Binder aims to incorporate environmental policy fundamentals into her marine biology background.

by |February 27, 2019

Six Reasons to Be Hopeful About Fighting Climate Change

Depressing news and turbulent politics can leave many of us discouraged, but it’s not all doom and gloom; Earth Institute experts weigh in on what gives them hope.

by |February 13, 2019

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