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Why We Are Working With Colleagues in China to Develop Sustainability Metrics

October 22, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Developing Sustainability Metrics

I visited Beijing last week to finalize a partnership between Columbia University and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges. Our goal is to develop a set of sustainability metrics that can be used by businesses and governmental agencies in China, the United States, and around the world.[read more]

Sustainability: Reconfiguring the Relationship Between Humanity, Energy, and the Natural World

August 21, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Sustainability and Relationships

A new ‘zeitgeist’ is increasingly taking hold in growing pockets of society, politics and the business world. All indications point to one direction – towards the concept of ‘sustainability’ dominating human behavior and thinking in the twenty-first century.[read more]

Why we Need CCS - Part 5: Bridge to a Sustainable Energy Future

July 22, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Carbon Capture and Sustainable Energy

If climate science is correct, the world has little choice other than aggressive pursuit of the bridge technologies of CCS and bio-energy through a true technology-neutral CO2 mitigation framework. Pursuing renewables and nuclear power as a primary climate change mitigation strategy can do much more harm than good in the long run.[read more]

Individual Material Consumption, Guilt, and the Crisis in Global Sustainability

June 17, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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A key question as we make the long transition to a sustainable and renewable economy and culture is the role of individual responsibility and personal lifestyle. In the end, our individual behavior as "consumers" adds up to the crisis of sustainability, but the causes of this crisis are far from simple.[read more]

We Don't Have to Re-Invent the Wheel for Global Sustainability

February 21, 2014 by Nick Blandford

Global Sustainability

It takes millions of years for coal to form. Oil is no different. These two forms of fossil fuels have other things in common too; they can’t be produced artificially. Once they’re gone, they’re gone for millions of years. We are dependent on fossil fuels for electrical power.[read more]