solar power Archives - State of the Planet

Abigail Ross Hopper

What’s In Store for U.S. Solar Energy in 2019?

A new podcast episode explores what’s next for solar power amidst increasingly ominous reports about climate change and ongoing debates over the role of federal and state policies.

by |January 2, 2019
wind farm on cloudy day

How Climate Impacts Solar and Wind Power Supply

New research shows that long-term weather patterns could have a huge effect on the success of renewable energy

by |December 11, 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
Windmill farm near Udumalpet in Tamil Nadu, India.

NatureNet Science Fellowship Now Accepting Applications for 2019

Apply for NatureNet Science Fellowships at Columbia University by September 7, 2018.

by |June 19, 2018
Ajay Mathur

How India is Striking a Balance Between Energy and Emissions

Ajay Mathur, a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change, discusses the outlook for energy supply and demand in India, including the critical role that solar power could play in coming years.

by |June 5, 2018
wind turbines in texas

How Much Do Renewables Actually Depend on Tax Breaks?

The shift to renewable energy is key to combating climate change and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. But critics argue it won’t be possible without financial support from the government. How important are special tax breaks and other subsides, and do they really work?

by |March 16, 2018
solar panels and the sky

Lamont to Harvest Sunshine from Solar Farm

Two solar arrays in Upstate New York will be up and ready at the end of November, poised to provide power and to help to reduce the Lamont campus’ carbon footprint.

by |November 16, 2017

Will China Take the Green Mantle From the U.S.?

While President Trump has promised to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, China’s President Xi Jinxing has vowed to continue to tackle climate change and honor his country’s obligations. Will China become the global leader in combating climate change?

by |March 3, 2017

For Climate Change, Carbon Pricing is No Silver Bullet

Many economists and policy experts believe carbon pricing is the most effective way to deal with global warming. But others argue that carbon pricing is not a silver bullet for dealing with climate change. Here’s why.

by |July 18, 2016

The How and Why of Green Building

Buildings account for almost a third of global greenhouse gas emissions and the U.N. Environment Programme projects that if we continue with business as usual in the building sector, these emissions will double by 2030. Fortunately, green building is on the rise around the world.

by |May 3, 2016