Disasters

Op-Ed

Cruise Ship Safety

Author: Captain Melissa Bert, USCG
San Diego Union-Tribune

Captain Melissa Bert, USCG, says the Costa Concordia disaster provides an opportunity for a thorough reexamination of international safety regulations for passenger vessels.

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Op-Ed

Japan's Nuclear Quandary

Author: Sheila A. Smith
East Asia Forum

Sheila A. Smith says the short-term prognosis for Japan's electricity supply is uncertain, yet it is the longer term effort to reform energy policy that is vital to resolving the current impasse in Japan's nuclear debate.

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Podcast

Oil Spill's Ripple Effect

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is not just a problem to clean up, says CFR's Michael Levi, it has serious commercial implications for some oil firms and has dimmed the prospects of U.S. climate legislation.

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Podcast

Volcanic Ash Clouds EU Economy

Iceland's volcanic disruption poses long-term problems for European airlines, says European economist Jacob Kirkegaard, and it could also depress the EU's overall GDP this quarter because of curtailed business travel.

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