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Russia's Gazprom is Top of Its Energy Industry Class, but Not in a Good Way

Graduates in gown and caps celebrate their graduation at the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management on August 30, 2014 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Jens Schlueter/Getty Images)A new Thomson Reuters/BSD Consulting “Global 500 Greenhouse Gas...

Posted May 28, 2015    

IRENA: Renewable Energy Employment on the Rise Globally

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has just published its 2015 Annual Review on “Renewable Energy and Jobs” and estimates that globally renewable energy jobs (excluding large hydropower) reached approximately 7.7 million in 2014....

Posted May 26, 2015    

Japan's 'Unholy Trinity': Nuclear Power Must Join Renewables to Move Emissions Reduction Needle

The Asahi Shimbun reported in March on the decision of four big Japanese electric utilities to decommission a total of five nuclear reactors that have been in operation for more than 40 years. Respective plans have been submitted to the Ministry of...

Posted May 20, 2015    

Higher R&D Investment in Renewable Energy Technologies Critical for Clean-Energy Innovation & Climate Action

Master research technician Ed Overly prepares a wind turbine gearbox for testing at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) wind technology center March 3, 2009 on the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado. The NREL is America’s chief research...

Posted May 15, 2015    

The German 'Energiewende' - Finally One Step Too Far?

Steam rises from cooling towers at the coal-fired Kraftwerk Mehrum power plant at Haemelerwald on March 10, 2015 near Sehnde, Germany. Energy production from conventional-based resources is becoming less profitable as renewable energy production has...

Posted May 13, 2015    

$24 Trillion 'Asset' Value of World's Oceans May be a Gross Underestimation

Waves crash up against the sea defenses at Porthcawl at first light on February 1, 2014 in Porthcawl, Wales. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)The world’s oceans cover about 71 percent of the earth’s surface and their value is incalculable for both...

Posted May 5, 2015    

It's Not All About Oil and Gas in the Arctic

Why the US should strive for a Holistic Regional Framework on Sustainable Offshore Natural Resource DevelopmentRecently, the US assumed the two-year rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum, at the conclusion of the...

Posted May 4, 2015    

US Greenhouse Gas Emissions Spiked in 2013: An Isolated Event or New Trend?

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just released its US Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report for the time period of 1990-2013. In this report the EPA tracks total annual US emissions and removals by source, economic sector, as well as...

Posted April 29, 2015    

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