Energy and Environment

Climate Change

  • Energy and Environment
    Global Energy Tracker
    As the effects of climate change mount, high-carbon energy sources continue to provide most of the world’s power. On average, 83 percent of tracker countries’ energy comes from high-carbon sources such as oil, whereas 17 percent comes from solar and other renewables. Low-carbon sources, however, are on the rise, particularly in developed countries.
  • United States
    The Next Great Wave: Human Migration and Climate Change
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    Our panelists discuss the implications of climate change for global governance, mass migration within and between nations and regions, and U.S. national security. The Silberstein Family Annual Lecture on Refugee and Migration Policy was established in 2019 through a generous gift from Alan M. Silberstein and the Silberstein family. The lecture provides CFR with an annual forum to explore emerging challenges in refugee and migration policy in the United States and around the world.
  • Trade
    Unpacking the IPEF: Biden’s First Big Trade Play
    The Joe Biden administration has unveiled its Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, but it doesn’t look like a traditional trade deal and could end up falling short of its ambitions.  

Experts in this Topic

Alice C. Hill
Alice C. Hill

David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment

Jennifer Hillman
Jennifer Hillman

Senior Fellow for Trade and International Political Economy

  • Diplomacy and International Institutions
    A Conversation With U.S. Senator Ed Markey
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    U.S. Senator Ed Markey discusses the Russian war in Ukraine, U.S. competition with China, the existential threats of nuclear proliferation and climate change, and the need for transformational investments by the United States in a clean energy future. 
  • Energy and Environment
    Renewing America Series: Rethinking the U.S. Approach to Energy
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    Our panelists discussed the U.S. approach to energy, from foreign oil dependence to the transition to and consideration of other energy sources, and climate concerns. With its Renewing America initiative, CFR is evaluating nine critical domestic issues that shape the ability of the United States to navigate a demanding, competitive, and dangerous world.
  • Climate Change
    Term Member Virtual Meeting: Reflecting Sunlight to Cool the Planet
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    With the planet warming at an alarming pace, there are currently three main approaches to managing risks from the changing climate: reducing emissions, removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and adapting to build resilience and minimize the effects of the increase in temperature. CFR senior fellow Stewart Patrick discusses on a potential fourth approach, known as solar geoengineering, that reflects sunlight back into space to reduce rising temperatures on Earth. Drawing on findings and recommendations from a recent Council Special Report Reflecting Sunlight to Reduce Climate Risk: Priorities for Research and International Cooperation, Patrick also discusses the need for strong international cooperation to determine the feasibility and potential consequences of sunlight reflection, to ensure collective decision making regarding any deployment of such techniques, and to manage the geopolitical risks of this untested enterprise.