Energy & Environment

  • Italy and Austria go to the polls as Europe holds its breath


    • Special brief: what you need to know about the Italian referendum
    • European court case threatens Uber's expansion
    • Commission releases new clean energy proposal
    • WTO rules against US in decades-long trade battle

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  • A Path to Growth for US LNG

    The shale boom and the newfound abundance of natural gas have put the United States on track to become the world’s third-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG). This new role in the global market has the potential to benefit both the United States and its...
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  • Shaffer Quoted in POLITICO on What a Donald Trump Victory Means for Climate and Energy

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  • COP22, Climate Change, and Africa’s Future

    On Monday, November 7, the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will convene in Marrakech. The meeting’s venue in the fabled Moroccan caravan town—long a cultural, religious, and trading hub between the Maghreb and Sub-Saharan Africa—will focus attention on the irony that while among the regions of the world Africa may be the...
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  • Disclosing Climate-Related Financial Risk

    On Monday, October 31, 2016 the Global Energy Center hosted a conversation on the necessity of financial disclosures for public and private interests. In light of increasing regulation from climate change legislation, investors are demanding risk disclosures in order to make rational decisions about where to target stakeholder and taxpayer money. Mary Schapiro, Secretariat of the G-20 Task...
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  • Collaboration Seen as Key in Climate Change Fight

    Major geopolitical players such as China, India, the United States, and the European Union have committed to cut emissions, but it is equally important to mobilize private sector investment in this effort, Jonathan Pershing, the US special envoy for climate change, said at the Atlantic Council on October 25.

    “Climate change is a problem that actually does have solutions,” Pershing...

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  • Defining an Arctic Strategy

    The national security challenge posed in the Arctic by the growing presence of Russia and China as well as climate change makes it imperative for the United States to develop the strategic infrastructure needed to play a key leadership role, while maintaining safety and security in the region, said a senior White House official.

    According to Amy Pope, deputy homeland security...

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  • Going Green: Devising a Clean Energy Strategy for Developing Countries

    Developing countries need a concrete strategy, backed by political will, that is focused on using clean energy for growth, according to a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. 

    As the date on which the Paris climate agreement goes into effect draws near and participating countries begin to take steps toward implementing their goals to reduce...

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  • Alaska’s Microgrid Experience Applied Across Borders

    There is a stark divide between rural and urban Alaska, with 41 percent of the state’s residents residing in the city of Anchorage. Most communities are located off the road system, accessible only by airplane or boat. Supplying reliable, secure, and affordable energy is a challenge. Remote electricity systems, and even large cities concerned about storms and terrorist attacks, are increasingly...
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  • As Arctic Council Chair, United States Will Stay the Course on Climate Change

    Despite the opposing positions on climate change adopted by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, a senior US official has expressed confidence that the United States’ efforts to curb the effects of global warming over the course of its chairmanship of the Arctic Council will transcend the political transition in Washington.

    Regardless of the outcome of the presidential election on...

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