"Beijing has invested heavily to build up a nationwide surveillance network that lets police watch every major street and corner in main cities...But with smoggy days becoming more frequent, the effectiveness of the system has been greatly compromised. Some fear terrorists may choose a smoggy day to launch attacks."
Washington is moving to do something that has rarely been attempted: create a market to buy and sell permission slips to, in essence, pollute.
This Proceedings of the National Academy of Science report presents a framework for allocating a global carbon reduction target among nations through a gradual convergence of emission caps and floors.
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This Economist article examines the apparent contradictions in Norway's environmentally-friendly domestic policies and greenhouse gas emissions from its hydrocarbon exports.
President Bush's policies regarding the Clean Air Act get "murky" for presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain.
This Action Plan from the Indian Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change outlines the steps towards sustainable development and international cooperation on the issue.
Cement plants account for 5 percent of global emissions of carbon dioxide, the main cause of climate change. This article discusses how the whole industry has come under fire in the debate on global warming.
Climate change is now recognized as a universal public issue that dominates global attention. This UNEP Year Book documents concerns that emerged during 2007 and focuses on the interplay between environment and globalization and the emerging challenge of climate change in the Arctic.
This report by the IEA's Coal Industry Advisory Board explores the potential for technology to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions from burning coal and urges governments to assist the development of clean coal technologies.
Why smoggy skies over Beijing represent the world’s greatest environmental opportunity
This Belfer Center report discusses the current policy structures in place to combat climate change and international improvements that can be made.
To meet its obligations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations under the Kyoto Protocol, the European Union established the first cap-and-trade system for carbon dioxide emissions in the world starting in 2005. This report from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change discusses the development, structure, and performance of this system to date.
This article published by the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University reviews the actual experience in the world's largest offset market—the Kyoto
Protocol Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)—and finds an urgent need for reform.
This report describes CRA's approach to modeling the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2007 to reduce emissions and summarizes the results of the analysis.
The Amazon was the chic eco-cause of the 1990s, revered as an incomparable storehouse of biodiversity. This article by Michael Grunwald examines how even though the Amazon has been overshadowed lately by global warming, it happens also to be an incomparable storehouse of carbon, the very carbon that heats up the planet when it's released into the atmosphere.
The push to get into the solar energy market is having unexpected consequences in China.
This report is a submission of the Australian Government to the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to demonstrate its capacity to account for its emissions and assigned amount for the first commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol.
This powerful multimedia on pollution in Lake Tai, accompanying a compelling article written by Joseph Kahn, is a part of the New York Times special series examining China's environmental issues.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
Special operations play a critical role in how the United States confronts irregular threats, but to have long-term strategic impact, the author argues, numerous shortfalls must be addressed.
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More
An authoritative and accessible look at what countries must do to build durable and prosperous democracies—and what the United States and others can do to help. More
A groundbreaking analysis of what the changes in American energy mean for the economy, national security, and the environment. More