climate change

Don’t Throw Caution to the Wind: In the Green Energy Transition, Not All Critical Minerals Will Be Goldmines

The green energy transition will be exceedingly mineral intensive and rosy forecasts for projected mineral demand are suggesting promising opportunities for developing countries. This paper highlights uncertain terrain upon which these bullish forecasts rest. Governments, international actors and mining advocates seeking to optimize the value of green energy mineral reserves should heed caution when pursuing and promoting the mining of critical minerals. This paper offers specific recommendations.

Executive Summary on Ensuring Economic Viability and Sustainability of Coffee Production

This briefing note presents our research into sustainability within the coffee sector, including the results of our analytical and empirical modeling, and provides several recommendations.

Ensuring Economic Viability and Sustainability of Coffee Production

Coffee, the world’s favorite beverage, provides livelihoods for at least 60 million people across dozens of countries. Yet this beloved drink is experiencing a sustainability crisis.

Environmental Injustice: How Treaties Undermine the Right to a Healthy Environment

By Lisa Sachs, Ella Merrill, and Lise Johnson
December 9, 2019

Our planet faces unprecedented threats, including irreversible global warming, loss in biodiversity, and water pollution and water scarcity. The impacts of these environmental crises also threaten human rights and exacerbate inequality. Slowing these worsening environmental trends – and addressing the impacts of environmental change on populations – will require cumulative policy responses at the national and international level.

Outcome Report on the Climate Crisis, Global Land Use and Human Rights Conference

On September 27th, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Landesa, the New York City Bar Association International Environmental Law Committee, and Wake Forest Law School hosted a day-long conference on the intersection between land use, the climate crisis and clean energy transition, and human rights. Held at… read more

Pursuing Better Climate Knowledge Today, For More Resilient Societies Tomorrow

By Solina Kennedy
November 12, 2019

In this interview, the fourth of the Climate Crisis, Global Land Use and Human Rights series, Ángel Muñoz, Associate Research Scientist on Climate Variations and Predictability at the Earth Institute’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University, discusses the importance and implications of equipping countries with access to good climate data, climate services, and supplementary financial tools to optimize resiliency within communities.

The Key to Improving Human Rights, Climate Resiliency, and Land Use in Indonesia: Collaboration

By Solina Kennedy
October 4, 2019

In this interview, the third of the Climate Crisis, Global Land Use and Human Rights series, Daniel Oscar Baskoro, Partnership Advisor at the International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID), discusses transdisciplinary collaboration as a necessary means to addressing the challenges and solutions at the intersection of climate change and human rights.

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 7:30pm
Location: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 101

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

By Solina Kennedy
September 20, 2019

In this interview, the second of the Climate Crisis, Global Land Use and Human Rights series, Julie Maldonado, Associate Director at Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN) and Co-Director of Rising Voices: Climate Resilience through Indigenous and Earth Sciences, discusses the importance of centering Indigenous wisdom and perspectives and relational-based approaches in the pursuit of just climate change actions.