climate change

The Climate Crisis, Global Land Use, and Human Rights

Date: September 27, 2019, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice

The Global Pact for the Environment and the Sustainable Development Agenda

Date: September 25, 2019, 5:15pm – 7:30pm; Reception to follow
Location: Columbia Law School, Room TBA

The Role of Indigenous Communities in Reducing Climate Change Through Sustainable Land Use Practices

Date: September 12, 2019, 10am-11:30am EST/4pm-5:30pm CEST
Location: Online

What the Climate Crisis Means for Land Rights

By Nathan Lobel
August 20, 2019

The climate crisis will reshape our relationships to land around the world. Journalist David Wallace-Wells warns that, once the planet warms 2°C above preindustrial levels — the target set by the Paris Agreement — “major cities in the equatorial band of the planet will become unlivable,” and 400 million more people will suffer from regional water scarcity. At 3°C of warming — the expected result of Paris Agreement policy pledges by 2100 — world agriculture systems could struggle to meet global caloric demand and droughts are projected to plague much of India and Pakistan, the Mediterranean, Central America, the western United States, and Australia. At 4°C, closer to where current policies will lead us by the century’s close, rising seas could swallow land currently occupied by 470 to 760 million people.

How Much CO2 is Embedded in a Product? Toward an Emissions Calculation Framework for the Minerals Industry

By Paolo Natali, Suzanne Greene, and Perrine Toledano
August 14, 2019

The embedded carbon content of any product is largely unknown to the final consumer. Very few consumers are aware of the carbon that has been generated in the production and delivery of products and, as a consequence, virtually nobody takes action to abate these emissions. The MIT Sustainable Supply Chains initiative, Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment, and Rocky Mountain Institute’s Materials initiative have formed a working group to engage minerals producers, end users, investors, and other stakeholders interested in carbon accounting.

Ørsted’s Burbo Bank offshore wind farm, off the northeastern coast of the U.K.

Lessons Learned From an Energy Company’s Green Transformation

By Nicolas Maennling
April 15, 2019

Ørsted, formerly Danish Oil and Natural Gas Energy, is one of few energy companies to transition primarily to renewable energy from fossil fuels. CCSI had the pleasure to talk with Jakob Askou Bøss, head of strategy and communication at Ørsted, about lessons learned from Ørsted’s transition, and their implications for other energy companies hoping to succeed in a decarbonized economy.

To Fight Climate Change and Achieve Policy Objectives, Think Politics First and Often

By Nathan Lobel
February 26, 2019

What the Green New Deal gets that the carbon tax misses: embedded in political realities, the seemingly first-best option can become at best insufficient to achieve its original policy objectives, and at worst a costly distraction from other more viable alternatives.

Minerals for Climate Action: Why Climate Smart Mining Matters for Africa?

Date: February 4th, 12:00pm – 6:30pm
Location: Side Event to Mining INDABA, Hotel SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl, 23 Buitengracht St, Cape Town

Climate Change, the Courts, and the Paris Agreement

Date: September 26, 2018, 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Faculty House, Columbia University, New York

Global Perspectives on a Global Pact for the Environment

Edited by Michael Burger, Teresa Parejo, and Lisa Sachs
September 19, 2018

As the UNGA convenes this week, we are bringing together independent thought leaders and legal scholars from around the world to weigh in on what, if anything, the process initiated by UNGA Resolution 72/277 might usefully accomplish; and what the United Nations agencies, national governments and civil society stakeholders engaged in the process could usefully consider. Together, these perspectives identify a number of existing issues that merit attention and, if heeded, might inform negotiations on the future of international environmental governance.