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New Study: Breaches of 'Planetary Boundaries' Jeopardize Environmental Sustainability

Four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’ have now been breached as a result of human activity and not natural variability, says a new research paper published in the journal Science entitled “Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing...

Posted January 30, 2015    

EU Energy Union: Fault Lines Emerge Between Pivotal Member States' Design Proposals

Ahead of the new European Commission’s highly anticipated publication of “proposals on a more closely-linked single energy market” in the first quarter of 2015 as part of a drive to loosen Europe’s energy dependence on Russia, leaked non-papers...

Posted January 27, 2015    

Unintended (Intended) Consequence of More Frequent Severe Weather: Record German Wind Energy

Germany’s Munich Re, one of the world’s largest and leading reinsurers, released on January 7th its review of natural catastrophes in 2014 – measuring the economic impact of natural catastrophes on its reinsurance business bottom line. Attributing...

Posted January 19, 2015    

'Energy Geopolitics' Takes Center Stage at Davos

It’s that time of the year again when world leaders, CEOs, thought leaders, power brokers and dignitaries from business and politics alike descend on the small Swiss ski resort of Davos for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015. This year’s...

Posted January 16, 2015    

'Climate Geoengineering': As Contingency Plan Perhaps the Sharpest Tool in the World's Climate Tool Box

The debate about the development and deployment of geoengineering technologies is slowly creeping into the mainstream media, as both analysts and commentators seem to increasingly doubt the international community’s ability to agree on a...

Posted January 14, 2015    

Denmark Outstrips Germany as the 'Energiewende' Model Country

Back in October 2014, EU leaders agreed on the 2030 framework for climate and energy policies – aimed at making both the EU economy and its energy system more sustainable, secure and competitive – with a ‘domestic’ 2030 greenhouse gas emissions...

Posted January 12, 2015    

In a Low Oil Price Environment: Increasing Oil Field Productivity via Microbially Enhanced Oil Recovery (MEOR)

Every year Germany’s Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) publishes its annual BGR Report showcasing BGR scientists’ work on fascinating projects in the world of geosciences. All projects are driven by BGR’s mission...

Posted January 7, 2015    

Can Electric Vehicles Be 'Environmental Villains'?

Researchers from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) found in a new study assessing the life cycle air quality impacts on human health of 10 alternatives to conventional gasoline vehicles “that electric vehicles (EVs) powered by electricity...

Posted December 25, 2014    

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