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.
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.
Speakers: Leon S. Fuerth, Paul J. Kern, and David G. Victor Presider: Paul B. Stares
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.
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.
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.
The Council on Foreign Relations' David Rockefeller Studies Program—CFR's "think tank"—is home to more than seventy full-time, adjunct, and visiting scholars and practitioners (called "fellows"). Their expertise covers the world's major regions as well as the critical issues shaping today's global agenda. Download the printable CFR Experts Guide.