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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

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

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

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]

The Other End of the Spectrum: Radical Emission Reductions

December 12, 2013 by David Hone

With Warsaw now a fading memory and the meager outcome still cause for concern that there really isn’t enough substance to build a robust global agreement upon, I signed up for The Radical Emission Reduction Conference at the Royal Society.[read more]

A Final Contribution From Warsaw

November 29, 2013 by David Hone

Delegates to COP 19 in Warsaw continued negotiating the outcome until late Saturday night. The key sticking points were “loss and damage” and the shape of national actions that would ultimately form the foundation of the 2015 deal (for implementation post 2020).[read more]

Implications of Nuclear Agreement With Iran

November 27, 2013 by Rod Adams

This afternoon, one of my correspondents asked me the following questions: What’s your opinion of the new Iranian agreement? Can the weapon program in Iran be capped and can verification actually be assured? Here is my response.[read more]