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.
The Economist reports that China and India are increasingly keen to be seen to be tackling climate change. Though it is dirtier, China is making a more convincing show of action
Winkler refutes the idea that the CDM Executive Board has created perverse incentives for developing countries like South Africa not to adopt progressive national policies.
Leadership matters when it comes to greenery because solving most environmental issues requires a change in direction. Yet, in this Newsweek article, David Victor argues that the ability to work in bipartisan ways will matter much more than the name of the next American president.
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.
Listen to experts discuss implications of the relationship between economic and environmental issues for the United States and Europe.
This symposium was made possible by the generosity of the European Commission and the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Senior Editor Jerry Adler reports on where the three U.S. presidential candidates stand on the environment and why some environmental advocacy groups, such as the League of Conservation Voters, which influences mainstream environmental groups, are still undecided on which candidate to endorse.
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.
Concerns are increasing about the consequences of global climate change, rising consumption rates, and population growth on the availability of natural resources, including water, land, forests, oil, gas, and a variety of minerals. In the face of scarcity, are we likely to see a rise in violent conflict over valuable resources? Or is the probability of 'resource wars' much less than feared? Speakers discuss these issues at a meeting cosponsored with the Council’s Center for Preventive Action.
The United Nations Development Program discusses how the implementation of the FRESA will help the Maldives remove the barriers to the introduction and wide use of renewable energy technologies.
The transcript of a meeting on protecting U.S. security interests from climate change.
Former EPA chief Christine Todd Whitman says the next president needs to focus on providing environmental leadership, and must include a new focus on climate change and water infrastructure.
Listen to Elizabeth C. Economy, CFR's C.V. Starr senior fellow and director of Asia studies, discuss the impact of China's economic growth on the environment with students as part of the CFR Academic Conference Call Series.
A conference call with Elizabeth Economy, CFR senior fellow, in which she discusses her recent Foreign Affairs article on China’s economy.
China's environmental woes are mounting, and the country is fast becoming one of the leading polluters in the world. The situation continues to deteriorate because even when Beijing sets ambitious targets to protect the environment, local officials generally ignore them, preferring to concentrate on further advancing economic growth. Really improving the environment in China will require revolutionary bottom-up political and economic reforms.
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.
Smith's insightful book explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it tries to navigate its relationship with an advancing China. More
This revolutionary new look at volatility and crisis in oil markets explores the conditions in which oil supply fears arise, gain popularity, and eventually wane. More
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
Learn more about CFR’s mission and its work over the past year in the 2014 Annual Report. The Annual Report spotlights new initiatives, high-profile events, and authoritative scholarship from CFR experts, and includes a message from CFR President Richard N. Haass.
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