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Research at the Earth Institute is organized into nine themes. Energy is one of them.

Carbon dioxide is altering Earth's climate. Since fossil fuels are abundant and relatively cheap but emit large amounts of carbon dioxide, we must find ways to make the burning of fossil fuels less polluting. In order to reduce the effects of global climate change while still allowing for continued economic development, we need to develop alternative energy sources and increase energy efficiency.

The Earth Institute is developing technologies and policy solutions to help ensure a sustainable energy future for all. We are developing the next generation of carbon capture and storage technologies, as well as working on questions related to renewable energy, nuclear power and the conversion of solid waste into usable energy.

Featured Projects

SharedSolar: Prepaid Electricity via Mobile Telephony

Millennium Villages Project Cookstove Program

Carbon Storage Through Mineral and Geologic Sequestration

Building a Roadmap for Advanced Zero Atmospheric Emission Coal Power Plants

Air Capture of Carbon Dioxide

Sustainable Waste Management

Combustion and Catalysis Lab

Columbia Waste Map