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An Atomic Catch 22: Climate Change and the Decline of America’s Nuclear Fleet

Nuclear energy currently generates a majority of America’s carbon-free electricity. It is an energy source that we cannot afford to keep — and also cannot afford to lose.

by Eric Scheuch |May 5, 2020
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Japan Retreats to Coal and Energy Incoherence Reigns Supreme

Our climate challenged planet desperately needs a 21st century, low-polluting, decarbonized energy system.

by |February 10, 2020

The Renewable Rather than Roaring Twenties: A Sustainability Decade

I believe we are entering the decade when humankind will firmly pivot in the direction of sustainability.

by |January 6, 2020

COP 25 in Madrid and the Limits of Climate Diplomacy

I remain optimistic about the technologies of renewable energy and the economic opportunities presented by our need to decarbonize and modernize our energy system.

by |December 16, 2019

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

Building Greener Urban Environments Through Solar Energy

The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development held the first Speaker Series of the semester with Solar One, a not-for-profit whose mission is to foster sustainability and resiliency in urban environments.

by |October 22, 2019

Just Climate Change Action: The Importance and Challenges of Centering Indigenous Wisdom and Perspectives

Indigenous communities are on the frontlines of the climate crisis, leading the way for innovative actions rooted in first-hand experiences of climate disasters and shifts, and knowledge transferred across generations.

Renewable Energy Poses a Serious Threat to Human Rights — But It Doesn’t Have To

A conversation on the critical need for embedding human rights, especially those of indigenous communities, within the renewable energy sector, and the hurdles of pursuing environmental justice without compromising human rights.

Pro Bono Legal Team Helps Farmers and Homeowners Fight for Renewable Energy

The Renewable Energy Legal Defense Initiative is pushing back against local laws that block progress on solar and wind projects.

by |August 22, 2019