Morningside Campus Access Updates

Updated July 10, 2024

The following color-coded campus status levels have been developed to simplify communication regarding the current circumstances on and around the Morningside campus. The campus status level is based upon the potential disruption to our academic mission and/or campus operations. The status level will be adjusted up or down to reflect then-current circumstances, including information received from law enforcement and other sources regarding potential events that could affect Columbia. Continued adherence to university rules and policies remains fundamental to maintaining an open campus. Read more.



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Nuclear for Climate Impact

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The Potential of Nuclear Energy

Nuclear energy is one dispatchable low-carbon option that past experience shows can be expanded quickly. For example, France rapidly expanded its use of nuclear energy in the 1970s and 1980s which largely decarbonized its power sector. China now has a similarly large expansion of its reactor program underway as part of efforts to meet its 2060 net zero target. Globally, the International Energy Agency projects that nuclear energy might double as part of its Net Zero by 2050 study.

Headwinds in the United States

Despite its potentially critical role in meeting energy needs and addressing climate change, the U.S. nuclear industry is facing substantial headwinds. The industry’s progress has been stymied in particular by concerns over cost overruns, lack of progress on nuclear waste management, reactor safety, and other issues – all contributing to lower public support. New reactors – both fission-based and fusion-based – also face uncertain regulatory treatment from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Addressing the Challenges

The nuclear program at the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) will focus on five major thrusts to address the challenges facing nuclear energy: Communications and education, NRC regulation, reactors, fuel cycle, and international engagement.

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