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Can the U.S. Afford to Exclude Military Security from its Arctic Council Chairmanship Agenda?

At the next Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting held in Iqaluit, Nunavut (Canada) on 24-25 April 2015, the US will take over chairmanship of the Arctic Council from Canada for the next two years until May 2017. This comes at a time of...

Posted April 22, 2015    

Russia-Ukraine Gas Row Encore Bodes Poorly for Winter Supply Security

A natural gas line runs through the country side on March 11, 2015 outside Donetsk, Ukraine. Russia often tries to exert it’s control over Ukraine through the price of natural gas. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)The next winter is approaching...

Posted April 20, 2015    

Energy Efficiency: The 'First Fuel' and a Source of Energy in its Own Right

In the final EU Energy Union document “A Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy”, the European Commission recognized the importance of improving overall energy efficiency – “Member States [should...

Posted April 13, 2015    

Cities Face 'New Normal' from Climate Disruption: Cascading System Risks

New research reveals the majority of European cities are unprepared to deal with climate change risks that seem to be intensifying by the day. The report finds that there are major structural gaps in urban adaptation and resilience...

Posted April 6, 2015    

The 'Global Calculator': A New Interactive Climate Change Scenario Tool

A new web-based tool named the “Global Calculator” is designed to interactively raise awareness of looming climate change impacts. A lack of swift and meaningful action on behalf of the international community to implement global...

Posted April 4, 2015    

Global Wind and Solar Installations Exceeded 'Expert' Growth Predictions

Global growth in renewable energy sources – especially wind and solar PV installations – continues to break records while the installed capacity of these systems steadily increases. Wind and solar power still account for a small share of the overall...

Posted April 2, 2015    

Power Grid of the Future: Distributed Generation Led by a 'Civic' Energy Sector

“What would our energy system look like if the move to a low-carbon society wasn’t left to governments and big energy companies but was instead led by civil society?” – asks Dr. Stephen Hall, a Research Fellow in energy economics and policy at the...

Posted March 30, 2015    

Nuclear Safety in a Post-Fukushima World: Is the US Falling Behind?

A gate to exclusion zone is seen in abandoned town, located about 8km from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 9, 2014 in Fukushima, Japan. On March 11 Japan commemorates the third anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami...

Posted March 25, 2015    

Breaking Energy U.S. Nuclear Investigation: Exports of Highly Enriched Uranium not 'Definitively Reconciled'

A worker walks through the hall that once contained the nuclear reactor at the former Rheinsberg nuclear power plant on June 6, 2011 in Rheinsberg, Germany. The plant, built in 1966 by the former communist East German government, operated until 1989...

Posted March 16, 2015    

What Drives Businesses to Prepare for Climate Change?

In this handout satellite composite image provided by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), satellite images of polar ice sheets taken in July 2006 (L) and July 2007 show the retreating ice in the Chukchi Sea during the summer in Barrow, Alaska. Photos...

Posted March 13, 2015    

'Geo-Defragmentation' as a Means of Reestablishing Order within the International System

Prior to Apple taking the developed world with its innovative products by storm and critically shaping the digital age as we now know it, computer users often used to defrag(ment) their hard drives manually. Basically, the process of ‘...

Posted March 11, 2015    

Is a Chinese Shale Revolution in the Offing?

Countries across the globe like to talk a big game about developing their domestic shale oil and gas resources and sometimes utter lofty expectations of energy independence. Progress, however, has been very slow.The following map by the World...

Posted March 9, 2015