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US and China Agree to Advance Carbon Capture Technology

July 18, 2014 by Edward Dodge

US and China's CCS Agreement

China is the world’s largest coal producer and consumer and the world’s leading emitter of carbon dioxide emissions. China is also the world’s most populous country and is suffering from high pollution levels due to its unrestrained fossil fuel use.[read more]

Some More Pieces of the Paris Jigsaw?

July 14, 2014 by David Hone

Paris Prep

As we head towards COP21 in Paris at the end of 2015, various initiatives are coming to the fore to support the process. So far these are non-governmental in nature, for example the “We Mean Business” initiative backed by organisations such as WBCSD, CLG and The Climate Group.[read more]

Climate Change: "Europe Must Rediscover Its Ambition" Urges UNEP Executive Director [VIDEO]

June 20, 2014 by Kasper Peters
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Europe's Energy Ambition

Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), meets with viEUws.eu leading environment journalist Sonja van Renssen to talk about climate change goals and Europe’s role in the global climate negotiations.[read more]

Emerging Consensus on Next Round of International Action on Climate Change

June 17, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Another round of preparatory negotiations for the Paris 2015 climate agreement have concluded in Bonn, Germany. Each session always brings its ups and down, disagreements over a procedural issue, and a bit of posturing (after all this is a negotiation).[read more]

Will Russia's Gas Deal with China Block Other Suppliers?

June 16, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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$400 billion deals aren't announced every week, although the new natural gas supply agreement between Russia and China had been in the works for some time. However, the crucial element of price apparently wasn't agreed until a negotiating session that lasted until 4:00 AM, Shanghai time.[read more]

Chinese Adviser's Carbon Cap Remarks: Promising But Overblown?

June 5, 2014 by Christina Nunez
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A top Chinese climate adviser signaled on Tuesday that the country planned to set a new cap on carbon emissions by the end of the decade, which would be the first such effort from the country that is currently the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases.[read more]

US Power Sector Carbon Pollution Standards Matter: Global Implications

June 5, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Carbon Rules and Global Effects

The Obama Administration announced the single most important thing the U.S. can do right now to fight climate change – enact strong carbon pollution standards for America’s power plants. These power plants are the largest single source of uncontrolled climate pollution in the U.S.[read more]

Transnational Energy Infrastructure as Backbone of Potential 'Regional Power Pools' in Africa

May 30, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Transnational Energy Infrastructure

It is no news that across the African continent infrastructure investment and thus development has lagged behind. According to estimates by Jean Claude Gandur, founder of Addax Energy, Africa has been investing 4 percent of its GDP in infrastructure, compared to China’s 14 percent.[read more]

Beware, Miscalculations Can Occur on Both Sides

May 7, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Equal Miscalculation

On Friday, President Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House and seemed to dismiss the notion that Russia would “turn off the tap to Europe” by calling it “unrealistic”. He added that natural gas kept flowing even at the height of the Cold War.[read more]

IPCC Report Reactions: Act Now, Agree Later

April 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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A recent report by the world’s leading scientists has concluded that immediate action is needed globally if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. But with a global agreement on climate change not expected until 2015, we can’t afford to wait. We need to act now, agree later.[read more]

Energy and Governance in the Arctic Just Got More Challenging

April 2, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Arctic Energy Governance

The Arctic – a cohesive region located north of the Arctic Circle – currently falls under the separate jurisdiction of eight countries with a population of about 4.2 million people. The region has an annual economy of an estimated US$230 billion.[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]

Powering Myanmar: Investors Watch Closely as Government Cautiously Cuts Subsidies

March 24, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

Myanmar and Investment

The government in Myanmar is showing resolve: just months after backing down over price hikes to electricity, the issue is back on the table. On Wednesday, in a move many expected only after next year’s elections, Myanmar’s parliament approved a new block tariff scheme for households and industry.[read more]

Sustainable Development Goals: 'Focus Areas' Require Commitments for a New Global Partnership

March 3, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Sustainability and Global Partnerships

Despite the unwelcome return of the chilling polar vortex this week, things have begun to heat up at United Nations Headquarters in New York as a critical United Nations process on global Sustainable Development Goals continues to unfold.[read more]

US Challenges India's Solar Energy Industry, Again

February 20, 2014 by Justin Guay
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The United States filed a WTO complaint against India alleging that India may be unfairly supporting the development of its solar manufacturing industry. This complaint will only further enflame tensions between the two largest democracies over an issue we all support: deploying more clean energy.[read more]