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Half Time at the Lima Climate Talks: Obstacles to Building a Global Framework Persist

One week is in the books at the Lima climate talks and we are heading into the final stretch of the summit, which runs through December 12. So, where do we stand in terms of a viable “Lima draft text” for the 2015 Paris global climate agreement for...

Posted December 10, 2014    

Global Impacts with Irreversible Changes [INFOGRAPHIC]

Again and again, severe weather events wreak havoc around the globe and thus tend to dominate international newspaper headlines. No continent has been spared with the strongest storms swirling both in the Pacific and Atlantic basins, in addition to...

Posted December 9, 2014    

COP 20 in Lima: Africa at Disproportionate Risk from Climate Change

Today, the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 20) begins in Lima (Peru) and is widely seen – as Elias Ntungwe Ngalame in an article for Deutsche Welle (DW) rightly notes – by environmental experts “as a...

Posted December 3, 2014    

OPEC Meeting and The Price of Oil: Russia's Biggest Worry and Saudi Arabia's 'Tour de France' Strategy

Russian officials already in the unenviable position of dealing with the impact of Western sanctions on their national economy as reflected in a tumbling ruble – in spite of continuous Central Bank interventions – and capital outflows, now face the...

Posted December 2, 2014    

Rising Pollution in the Developing World: Is India a Climate Protection 'Wild Card'?

The world is constantly and almost instantaneously transforming right before our eyes. Given the complexity and interconnectedness of resulting emerging challenges it is advisable for policymakers to attempt to get ahead of the curve. This is...

Posted December 1, 2014    

Green Climate Fund on Track to Reach $10 Billion Initial Target

The Green Climate Fund seems to be off to a decent start with funding pledges in place from various countries around the globe ahead of the recent first donors’ conference in Berlin (Germany). The Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework...

Posted November 24, 2014    

Why Hydraulic Fracturing is Not Necessarily Contaminating Water or Using More Water Per Unit of Oil Production

The 2014 US Midterm Elections significantly altered the balance of power in the US Congress. As a result, energy policy from now on ranks high on the upcoming Republican majority’s legislative agenda. Indeed, Republican leadership is wasting no time...

Posted November 19, 2014    

Long Road to Paris 2015: Longer-Term National Climate Strategies

What is the Status of National Processes to Define post-2020 Emission Reduction Targets?Last week, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the so-called ‘Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report’ of its fifth scientific climate...

Posted November 17, 2014    

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Natural Gas is Often Described as a Bridge Fuel. How Long Should that Bridge Be?'

A new report released by the Canadian Pembina Institute and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions looks at British Columbia’s (B.C.) liquefied natural gas (LNG) strategy to serve the lucrative Asian gas market through the prism of global...

Posted November 6, 2014    

Water Trading: Studies Call for Market-based Water Use System

The Hamilton Project at Brookings and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment recently hosted a forum on the water crisis in the US. This resulted in the release of two interesting new discussion papers – “New Directions for US Water Policy...

Posted October 30, 2014    

Australian-Japanese Coal 'Partnership' and Why Global Coal is Here to Stay

Large coal stocks await loading for export at Port Waratah Coal Services on April 12, 2007 in Newcastle, Australia.Recently, the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned at the opening of the Caval Ridge coal mine in Queensland against the “...

Posted October 27, 2014    

EU Commission: Europe Could Face 5 to 9 bcm Winter Natural Gas Shortfall

The EU Commission recently released the first “Energy Security Stress Tests” in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. On its behalf, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for gas (ENTSOG) modeled two disruption scenarios for a period of...

Posted October 21, 2014