Climate Change

Next Steps for International Climate Action: A Roundtable Discussion with the COP22 Steering Committee

Monday, September 19, 2016
6:30 pm

Columbia Law School

435 West 116th Street, Room 103

New York, NY 10027

Dr. Johannes Urpelainen in The Hill: G-20 leaders must get serious about eliminating costly fossil fuel subsidies

Writing in The Hill, Faculty Affiliate Dr. Johannes Urpelainen urges for G-20 nations to come together and eliminate fuel subsidies, noting that there is not a one-size-fits-all appoach.

Climate Finance: Next Steps

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

International Affairs Building 1501

Climate Finance: Next Steps

US Coal in the 21st Century: Markets, Bankruptcy, Finance and Law

Thursday, September 8, 2016
11:00 am - 5:15 pm

Columbia University

School of International and Public Affairs

420 West 118th St., room: 1501

New York, NY 10027

Improving Regional Situational Awareness During Fuel Emergencies in the New York Tri-State Areas: Lessons from Superstorm Sandy

Robert M. Hallman
Climate Change
Infrastructure
Oil
Resilience
Transportation

The large-scale disruption of fuel supplies caused by Superstorm Sandy brought the vulnerabilities of the New York Tri-state fuel supply system into sharp relief. In the three and one-half years since the storm, concerns about extreme weather and overall energy security have only grown, leading policymakers at all levels, fuel suppliers to the region and related power providers to examine how this system can be strengthened against future risks. This report puts forward a series of recommendations to improve communications and overall situational awareness between the private and public sectors to facilitate effective response to fuel emergencies. The report concludes that the current voluntary system of information sharing is inadequate to the needs of the public sector and recommends creating mandatory requirements at various levels to address fuel crises.

Study Links 6.5 Million Deaths Each Year to Air Pollution

To solve today’s biggest energy problems, the I.E.A. needs to have the world’s most important energy players as part of it,” said Jason Bordoff, director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.

How 3-D Printing Could Decrease Carbon Emissions. Or Maybe Increase Them.

One of the most exciting areas of advanced manufacturing is 3-D printing. While it has been around for many years to produce crude prototypes, 3-D printing is now being used to make everything from jet engines and complex machine parts to bridges and buildings, artificial limbs and biomedical tissue. One company is even producing 3-D printing machines for use by NASA in space to avoid costly space flights to supply the International Space Station. It is still too early to determine the full potential of 3-D printing, but the technology is advancing quickly. Yet the environmental impacts of 3-D printing have been little studied, and may cut the other way too, writes Jason Bordoff in the Wall Street Journal.

India, One of the World’s Biggest Polluters, Will Join Climate Change Accord

“There are a lot of positive, encouraging signals — including today’s announcement — that India is taking the threat of climate change more seriously,” said Jason Bordoff, a former Obama energy and climate advisor who now directs Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. “We should applaud what India is doing, but not get carried away."

Global CO2 Initiative, Japanese Government Partner to Create Roadmap for CO2 Utilization Technologies

“I look forward to working with the Global CO2 Initiative to develop this important roadmap,” said David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, who serves as Chair of the ICEF Innovation Roadmap Project. “The ICEF Innovation Roadmap Project welcomes the chance to contribute to work on carbon dioxide utilization and help fill a gap in the global R&D agenda for clean energy technologies.”

The History and Future of the Clean Energy Ministerial

David Sandalow
Climate Change
Energy Efficiency
Geopolitics
Renewables

Clean energy leaders from around the world convene this week in San Francisco for the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial. In this commentary, Inaugural Fellow David Sandalow, who helped launch the Clean Energy Ministerial during his tenure at the U.S. Department of Energy, takes stock. What has the Clean Energy Ministerial accomplished in its first seven years? What should it do for the next seven years? Sandalow offers reflections and recommendations, concluding that the Clean Energy Ministerial is making a real difference but that it can - and must - do more in the years ahead.

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