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The Symbolic and Substantive Politics of Climate Change

The many efforts to communicate the climate emergency are all necessary but not sufficient methods for reducing greenhouse gas pollution. Today’s words must lead to tomorrow’s actions.

by |November 25, 2019

How Columbia’s Electrochemical Energy Center is Working to Decarbonize Society

The center focuses on developing better batteries as well as other energy storage options, which are key to a future fueled by renewable energy.

by |November 7, 2019

New Report Lays Out Strategies to Curb Emissions From Government-Owned Enterprises

These companies are among the world’s leading carbon emitters, so there can be no climate success without them.

by |September 20, 2019
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New Podcast: Legal Pathways to Decarbonization in the U.S.

The latest episode of the Columbia Energy Exchange discusses a playbook of legal options available to cut emissions and tackle the challenge of climate change.

by |June 5, 2019
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Climate Law Expert Testifies to Congress on Renewable Energy

Testifying before a House of Representatives subcommittee, Columbia’s Mike Gerrard suggested ways to the reduce the legal hurdles of building renewable energy projects on public lands.

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Zero-Carbon Economy is Within Reach, Says Climate Economist

Nicholas Stern is optimistic that we can create a zero-carbon world economy in the coming decades. What he’s worried about is whether we will, he said in a recent talk.

by |April 19, 2019

Renewable Technology Prices and Decarbonization

The use of fossil fuels will only be reduced by something that is as cheap, convenient and reliable. Fortunately for the planet, renewable energy is poised to drive fossil fuels from the market.

by |April 8, 2019

Heating Buildings Leaves a Huge Carbon Footprint, But There’s a Fix For It

Researchers within the Earth Institute are working to decarbonize New York City’s heat and hot water.

by |January 15, 2019
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New York State Should Catch up to California’s Decarbonization Program

Bold leadership and dramatic action is required to counter the backward-facing energy and environmental policy we see in Washington.

by |November 12, 2018

Hope for a Decarbonized Future

A recent lecture offered an optimistic forecast for wind and solar energy, showing a glimpse into a future that doesn’t depend on fossil fuels.

by |October 30, 2018