Japan's ability to rebound from its triple disaster in March will require more than just rebuilding; it will demand restructuring in areas from energy and farm policy to decentralization of power, write Brian P. Klein and CFR's David S. Abraham.
The official overseeing the World Bank’s huge sustainable development division downplays concerns that environmental issues have been suppressed in a new push for infrastructure projects.
"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.
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
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