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October 8, 2019

Iran
1970s Oil Crisis Redux or Oil Price Rout?

It has been four weeks since a major military attack on critical oil facilities in Saudi Arabia shocked the world and very little has happened to suggest such an event couldn’t happen again. That beg…

Some Motorists Ran Out of Gas Such as This Man in Portland and Had to Stand in Line with a Gas Can During the Fuel Crisis in the Pacific Northwest.

October 3, 2019

Food and Water Security
Down the Hunger Spiral: Pathways to the Disintegration of the Global Food System

For a precarious global agricultural system with powerful feedback loops, business as usual means widespread hunger and embedded systemic risk.

A drought-stricken field in Drenje, Croatia.

September 24, 2019

United Nations General Assembly
UN Climate Action Summit: Five Things Governments Should be Doing

As the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit concludes, world leaders need some outside the box thinking about steps to strengthen their national commitments to shrink their greenhouse gas emissions ahead of…

A mangrove plant grows on a shore in Cancun June 21, 2010. In the 40 years since Cancun was founded, countless acres of mangrove forests up and down Mexico's Caribbean Coast have been lost - and the destruction continues. Now many scientists say that mangrove forests can help slow climate change, and are desperate to save them. Picture taken June 21, 2010.

September 20, 2019

Climate Change
UN Climate Summit: What to Know

Plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions and reach carbon neutrality, to be announced during the 2019 summit, could be an important milestone in the global fight against climate change.

September 20, 2019

Global Governance
Five Centuries after Magellan, Globalization Needs to Grow Up—and Fast

On this anniversary of Magellan's first expedition to circumnavigate the globe, we should reflect on the trajectory globalization has taken—and adopt a more cosmopolitan approach to life on our shrin…

17th Century Map

December 21, 2009

Forests and Land Management
Deforestation and Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

Loss of forests is a major contributor to greenhouse-gas emissions. Plans to devise a policy tool for using trees for carbon dioxide sequestration are now under way.

September 11, 2019

United States
Is the United States Prepared for Wildfires?

Climate change is increasing the risk of wildfire damage to critical energy infrastructure, according to a new Council on Foreign Relations report that details the physical, financial, and security r…

Firefighters battling the King Fire watch as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California September 16, 2014. The fire led officials to call on about 400 people to evacuate from areas threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said. It has charred more than 11,500 acres (4,654 hectares) and was 5 percent contained on Tuesday.

September 14, 2006

United States
U.S. Companies and Greenhouse Gas Regulations

Although it seems clear the United States will not change its current position and sign onto the Kyoto treaty, some U.S. companies are starting to push for mandatory federal regulations on greenhouse…

August 29, 2019

Brazil
How Brazil’s Burning Amazon Threatens the Climate

Fires in the Amazon have aroused international concern because of the rain forest’s outsize impact on climate, but political tensions are hampering the response.

September 16, 2019

Elections and Voting
Elizabeth Warren

CFR invited the presidential candidates challenging President Trump in the 2020 election to articulate their positions on twelve critical foreign policy issues. Candidates’ answers are posted exactly…

Elizabeth Warren