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Published: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:27:29 -0400

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Must Reads of the Week: Siberian Energy, Germany's Refugee Debate, and More

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:31:29 -0400

What CFR.org Editors are reading the week of September 19–23, 2016.

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Climate Change and the Next U.S. President

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:44:41 -0400

The next president of the United States will play a critical role in shaping the country's climate policy, deciding whether and how to reduce emissions, while minimizing any impact on economic growth. This video explains the domestic and global challenges. 

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A Conversation With Ernest J. Moniz

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:15:45 -0400

Ernest Moniz discusses the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, its one-year anniversary, and the effectiveness of the nuclear deal's nonproliferation and verification measures in blocking Iran's path to a nuclear weapon.

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Must Reads of the Week: Overfishing, Putin on Trump, and More

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 13:19:24 -0400

What CFR.org Editors are reading the week of September 5–9, 2016.

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Venture Capital and Cleantech: The Wrong Model for Clean Energy Innovation

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:59:06 -0400

Venture capital (VC) firms spent over $25 billion funding clean energy technology (cleantech) start-ups from 2006 to 2011 and lost over half their money; as a result, funding has dried up in the cleantech sector. In this report, we present the most comprehensive account to date of the cleantech VC boom and bust, aggregating hundreds of investments to calculate the risk/return profile of cleantech, compared with those of medical and software technology investments. The results are stark—cleantech offered VCs a dismal risk/return profile, dragged down by companies developing new materials, chemistries, or processes that never achieved manufacturing scale. We conclude that the VC model is broken for the cleantech sector, which suffers especially from a dearth of large corporations willing to invest in innovation. Fortunately, new public and private capital may be on the way after announcements made at the 2015 Paris Climate Change Summit. If a new and more diverse set of actors avoids the mistakes of the cleantech VC boom and bust, then they may be able to support a new generation of cleantech companies."

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The Impact of Removing Tax Preferences for U.S. Oil and Gas Production

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 10:30:31 -0400

This study analyzes the current U.S. oil and gas tax preferences to evaluate whether or not they improve energy security, mitigate climate change, and save taxpayer dollars. 

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Clean energy technology investors need fresh support after VC losses

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 09:19:57 -0400

A new wave of public and private support for clean energy technology will be required to reboot investment in cleantech after the VC boom and bust, writes Varun Sivaram and Benjamin Gaddy.

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Don't weaken Obama's fuel economy standards

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:15:15 -0400

Varun Sivaram makes the case for why the next administration should preserve the Obama administration's legacy of supporting cleaner, more efficient vehicles.

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New International Energy Forum Focuses on Innovation

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 09:23:47 -0400

Last month, energy ministers from around the world gathered in San Francisco for the annual Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), which for the past seven years has focused on deploying existing clean energy technologies around the world. But for the first time, clean energy innovation was on the gathering’s agenda as well. In a parallel “Mission Innovation” Ministerial (MIM), twenty countries and the European Union — accounting for over 80 percent of the world’s public energy research and development (R&D) funding — committed to collectively double R&D funding to $30 billion by 2021.

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Deforestation in the Amazon InfoGuide

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:45:40 -0400

The Amazon rainforest absorbs more greenhouse gases than any other tropical forest. But in Brazil, deforestation has claimed nearly a fifth of its tree cover, which threatens biodiversity and contributes to climate change.

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No Fiasco at Seoul

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:34:43 -0400

PM Modi’s search for support for India’s NSG bid around the world shows leadership, not desperation.

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Deforestation in the Amazon InfoGuide

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:47:04 -0400

The Amazon rainforest absorbs more greenhouse gases than any other tropical forest. But in Brazil, deforestation has claimed nearly a fifth of its tree cover, which threatens biodiversity and contributes to climate change.

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The Clean Energy Revolution

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:49:46 -0400

As the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris came to a close in December 2015, foreign ministers from around the world raised their arms in triumph. Indeed, there was more to celebrate in Paris than at any prior climate summit.

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The Next Front on Climate Change

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:09:08 -0400

After dithering for decades, governments finally seem to be paying serious attention to the problem of global climate change. Late last year, at the Paris climate conference, they adopted a major new agreement to limit global warming, beginning a process to strengthen commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over time.

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Oil Price Volatility: Causes, Effects, and Policy Implications

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:40:45 -0400

CFR convened a workshop to explore what drives oil price volatility, what effects it has on the economy and geopolitics, and what policy options to reduce price volatility.

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Must Reads of the Week: Saudi Oil, Post-Antibiotic Apocalypse, and More

Fri, 20 May 2016 13:42:00 -0400

What CFR.org Editors are reading the week of May 16–20, 2016.

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The Clean Energy Revolution

Wed, 18 May 2016 14:18:45 -0400

If the world is to avoid climate calamity, it needs to reduce its carbon emissions drastically by the middle of this century—a target that is simply out of reach with existing technology. Varun Sivaram and his co-author present the case for a massive investment in clean energy research and development to reach that goal. 

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Beyond the Paris Climate Agreement: Implementation and Next Steps

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:00:33 -0400

Michael Levi discusses the next steps after the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement, its implementation, and implications for future climate change diplomacy. 

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Global Climate Policy After Paris

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:08:48 -0400

As countries prepare to sign the landmark Paris climate accord, the work to reduce global carbon emissions is only beginning, says CFR's Michael Levi.

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Faith and Environmental Justice

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:00:16 -0400

Sally G. Bingham discusses the role of faith communities in promoting environmental justice.

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Instead of Cutting Waste, Nigeria Racks Up Debt to Replace Oil Revenues

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 11:44:21 -0400

Last week, Nigeria’s Senate passed President Muhammadu Buhari’s proposed 2016 budget, which projected a deficit of $15 billion due to falling oil prices. In an email interview, Matthew Page, an international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, discussed the impact of falling oil prices on Nigeria’s economy and politics.

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Must Reads of the Week: The Arctic Rush, the Angry Presidential Campaign, and More

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 13:49:22 -0400

What CFR.org editors are reading the week of March 14–18, 2016.

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Nigeria’s Reform of Its State Oil Company Will Be Cosmetic Without Cutting Corrupt Ties

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 13:15:14 -0500

or decades, Nigeria’s state oil company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has been the leading symbol of official corruption and a seemingly boundless source of political patronage. Faced with plummeting global oil prices and dwindling state coffers, president Muhammadu Buhari cannot afford to allow the NNPC, under a veneer of reform, to operate much as it did before. 

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U.S.-Canada Joint Statement on Climate, Energy, and Arctic Leadership

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:52:08 -0500

U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released this statement on March 10, 2016. The leaders agreed to move forward on the Paris Agreement and support other international efforts to combat the effects of climate change. The joint statement also details U.S.-Canada cooperation on curbing emissions, integrating renewable energy into existing grids, and developing additional clean technologies.

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Far from Finished, Five Years After Fukushima

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 12:11:46 -0500

Five years after a devastating meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the debate on nuclear safety remains heated in Japan, writes CFR’s Sheila A. Smith.

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Energy Prices and Crisis Risks

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 14:03:08 -0500

Robert Kahn testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, describing the crisis risks generated by persistently low oil and gas prices. He argued that the risks are especially acute for energy exporters such as Venezuela and Nigeria, and that such countries need sizable policy adjustments in the immediate future.

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Model Diplomacy: Global Climate Change Policy

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 15:09:04 -0500

Model Diplomacy: Global Climate Change Policy

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The Zika Virus

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 14:29:28 -0500

The Zika virus, which has been found to cause severe birth defects, has spread across the Americas, prompting the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency.

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The Chief Consequence of the Paris Deal…

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 16:49:42 -0500

The Paris deal has already saved one endangered species: the UN climate regime itself. 

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Uncertainty in Global Markets: Oil, China, and the Fed

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 08:00:52 -0500

Experts discuss recent trends in the global economy.

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