How Is Inequality Linked to Climate Change, and What to Do About It?

How Is Inequality Linked to Climate Change, and What to Do About It?

photo: Bill Dickinson Progressives see climate change and economic inequality as two of the big problems of our time. As the global aid organization Oxfam points out in a recent media briefing paper, “Extreme Carbon Inequality,” the two are “inextricably linked.” But just what is the nature of the linkage? Does inequality cause climate change? Does climate change […]

How Is Inequality Linked to Climate Change, and What to Do About It?

Progressives see climate change and economic inequality as two of the big problems of our time. As the global aid organization Oxfam points out in a recent media briefing paper, “Extreme Carbon Inequality,” the two are “inextricably linked.” But just what is the nature of the linkage? Does inequality cause climate change? Does climate change […]

Systematic Sustainability Is the Goal of New Fair-Trade Initiative

Systematic Sustainability Is the Goal of New Fair-Trade Initiative

It used to be that coffee and bananas were among the few products that carried a fair trade label, and made people feel good about their purchases during trips to the local supermarket. Nowadays, there are a vast number of products with some kind of standard or certification that guarantees a fair price, ensures that […]

Seven Questions About Climate Change

Seven Questions About Climate Change

Climate change is at the top of the agenda of policymakers as they gather in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21. Climate change is a threat to the very survival of humanity. Notwithstanding the severity of the threat, actions to halt climate change have been scant and uneven across countries. This Q&A […]

Oil Price Meltdown Heralds New Wave of Destabilization

Oil Price Meltdown Heralds New Wave of Destabilization

As the recent summit of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) suggests, the ceiling of oil production will not be lowered, despite great overcapacity. What we are witnessing is not just a cyclical shift, but a new secular tend that heralds the demise of the petrodollar era in the Middle East. Meltdown of […]

Still Looking for a Free Lunch: Opinion Polls Bring Good News and Bad for Success of Paris Climate Talks

The latest polls of US public opinion bring both good news and bad for the success of the COP21 climate talks now underway in Paris. On the positive side, a new New York Times/CBS News poll finds that two-thirds of Americans think their country should join an international treaty requiring it to reduce emissions in […]

Emerging Markets Attract Record $126 Billion in Clean Energy Investment

Emerging Markets Attract Record $126 Billion in Clean Energy Investment

photo: Peder Sterll With climate change an increasing concern, clean energy technologies are an attractive alternative. What’s more, development of these new, low-carbon technologies—including biomass, geothermal, hydro, solar, and wind—can help reduce poverty in developing countries and enhance their energy security. In this context, a new report has some encouraging news: new investment in clean power […]

China’s New Global Role

China’s New Global Role

President Xi in Washington and the UN             The recent Washington summit took the US-China bilateral relations onto a new level, while President Xi’s UN visit gave a glimpse of China’s new global role. Currently the U.S.-China bilateral relations are characterized by very different trajectories of power. As President Barack Obama […]

How to Reduce the APG Flaring in Russia?

The stagnation of the economy is no reason to lower ecological requirements for oil companies. On September 9 and 10, Khanty-Mansiysk hosted the Global Forum on the gas flaring reduction solutions, organized by the World Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFRP). The event is conducted once every three years, and this month it was […]