Reuters tracks the negotiating positions of the top five greenhouse gas emitters ahead of the December UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
The Copenhagen conference won't solve the problem of climate change once and for all. Rather than aiming for a broad international treaty, negotiators should strengthen existing national policies and seek targeted emissions cuts in both rich nations and the developing world.
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Peter A. Garretson discusses the policy considerations involved in determining an environmental estimate.
In this opinion piece, former British prime minister Tony Blair lists seven environmental policies, already implented in some states, that if scaled up will have a significant impact combatting the planet's environmental problems.
President Obama released this memorandum regarding national policy on the stewardship of oceans, coasts, and the Great Lakes on June 12, 2009.
President Barack Obama says he will seek vigorous climate-change policy. Efforts to curb greenhouse gases pose considerable economic pitfalls, as well as opportunities.
This report from the Center for International Governance (CIGI) identifies opportunities to lay the groundwork for the development of concrete initiatives to address the
strategic needs of the Western Hemisphere for a sustainable energy future.
Overfishing and environmental strain have put U.S. oceans in serious trouble. CFR's Scott Borgerson says a new report by the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative lays out a blueprint for better marine management.
As climate change accelerates, policymakers may have to consider "geoengineering" as an emergency strategy to cool the planet. Engineering the climate strikes most as a bad idea, but it is time to start taking it seriously.
The primary objective of this report is to illustrate the most
menacing threats to the world’s great river basins, in order to
encourage dialogue, provoke debate, and urge governments
and other stakeholders to take action before it is too late.
Harvard's Jeffrey Frankel evaluates the potential detrimental impact that the WTO could have on climate change policy.
Popular Mechanics looks at the presidential candidates' positions on the Law of the Sea treaty and other issues affecting the environment.
Experts discuss China's energy development and the country's capabilities for addressing climate change.
Record energy and food prices, plus a limping economy, have created new hurdles to fast action on climate change.
Against the backdrop of increasing attention to energy and climate change in the presidential campaigns, the recent failure of the Senate to advance the Lieberman-Warner climate bill, and preparations for this summer's G8 summit, a CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force recommends an overhaul of U.S. domestic and foreign policy to confront the challenge.
This report assesses the full impact of the livestock sector on environmental problems, along with potential technical and policy approaches to mitigation. The livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to serious environmental problems.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
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
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