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Russian Gas Exports and Western Encroachments on Russia

April 17, 2014 by Willem Post
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According to Russian leaders, after the demise of the USSR, when Russia was in disarray under Gorbachev and Yeltsin, Europe and US leaders, brushing aside historic Russian geo-political interests as irrelevant, took geo-political advantage by steadily expanding NATO and the EU into East Europe.[read more]

IPCC Double Standards on Energy Barriers

April 15, 2014 by Barry Brook
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IPCC and Consistency

The IPCC have released statements regarding their Working Group III report for AR5, on mitigation, with the full report to be released on April 15th. Recently, a colleague pointed out to me what appears to be double standard in how IPCC depicts problems with nuclear versus renewable energy.[read more]

Climate Panel Stunner: Avoiding Climate Catastrophe Is Super Cheap, But Only If We Act Now

April 14, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change Mitigation

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just issued its third of four planned reports. This most recent one is on “mitigation” — “human intervention to reduce the sources or enhance the sinks of greenhouse gases.”[read more]

Catalyzing the Climate Change Conversation with Eye-Catching Headlines

April 14, 2014 by Jenny Tang

The latest IPCC report has been covered by US and international media, and in the major media the story has achieved powerful headlines. Thus, the intensity of the media coverage begs the question – what has changed? Why has this report gained so much traction where previous reports failed?[read more]

Yes, Climate Change Is Here: Yes, We Can Solve It

April 10, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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Climate Change Risk and Solutions

The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sounds a piercing alarm about the dangers every nation faces from runaway climate change. Climate change, the IPCC scientists tell us, is already jeopardizing food supplies, water resources, even the stability of nations.[read more]

In British Columbia, Mulling the Role of Natural Gas in a Sustainable Energy Future

April 2, 2014 by Marianne Lavelle

British Columbia and Natural Gas Debate

British Columbia finds itself at the forefront of the global debate on natural gas, and its role in the future of energy. Some 15 energy company consortiums are vying to build massive export terminals on the Pacific coastline of Canada’s westernmost province, with an eye to shipping gas to Asia.[read more]

Conservative Climate Panel Warns World Faces 'Breakdown Of Food Systems' And More Violent Conflict

April 1, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change Risks

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued its second of four planned reports examining the state of climate science. This one summarizes what the scientific literature says about “Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability."[read more]

American LNG Won’t Solve Russia's Energy Bullying

April 1, 2014 by Tomi Maxted
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Europe’s sanctions on Russia in the wake of the Ukraine crisis are weak, and for good reason: Europe gets one-third of its natural gas from Russia. Europe doesn’t have many options to replace Russia’s gas, and Russia’s made it clear that they’re not afraid to turn off the taps.[read more]

New Geopolitics Means Arctic Oil, Mega-Projects' BAU Could be Uphill

March 27, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe
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Western oil leaders may worry that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in the Crimea will lead to a ban on international investment in the Russian Arctic, but if it does, that would be doing US companies a favor. The prospects that such investments will be profitable over 20 years looks questionable.[read more]

Russia and the Ukraine: The Energy Angle

March 20, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe
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Even with all the continuing speculation and debate about Vladimir Putin’s nationalistic motives for Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, there still seems to be room for more thoughtful consideration of the oil and gas aspects of the ongoing conflict.[read more]

Can There Be a Positive Prognosis for Climate Negotiations?

March 18, 2014 by Robert Stavins
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I am writing this brief essay while traveling on board my flight to the United States from Europe, where I participated in a workshop at the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, Germany. It was a very interesting event.[read more]

Cities Around the World Sharing Climate Solutions via C40

March 17, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Change and Cities

On January 31st, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. This appointment reflects the growing recognition of the global impact of cities.[read more]

Is the UNFCCC ADP on Track?

March 17, 2014 by David Hone
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Last week in Bonn, parties to the UNFCCC met under the direction of the Fourth Part of the Second Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action. In short, this is the process that is trying to deliver a global deal on climate change.[read more]

French Report Misstates Role of Shale Gas in Reducing US Carbon Emissions

March 15, 2014 by Steve Everley

French Report and Shale Gas

A recent policy brief published by the Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI) examined the impact of United States shale gas on the American economy, including potential implications for the European Union.[read more]

Secretary Kerry Makes Climate Change Top Priority in New Policy Directive: Some Key Actions to Deliver on That Policy

March 13, 2014 by Jake Schmidt
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Kerry and Climate Change

Secretary of State John Kerry has just issued his first “Policy Directive” as U.S. Secretary of State. This new directive outlines that climate change is a central issue for the State Department and directs an “all hands on deck” approach to this issue.[read more]