For decades, Cuba has faced a severe energy crisis. Because longstanding trade embargoes have limited the inflow of cash from the West, the country’s response has centered mainly on reductions in energy use. Cuba has made great strides in improving energy efficiency and raising awareness about energy conservation (as described in my previous post
). … Continue Reading ››
Since the United States and Cuba reopened their respective embassies last month, reestablishing full diplomatic relations for the first time in 54 years, foreign policy experts have focused mainly on the expected impacts on Cuba’s economy and trade. But this geopolitical development also will affect the ambitious energy policies of the cash-strapped country. Despite the … Continue Reading ››
On November 13, 2014, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE
), held the panel event “Renewable Energy at Scale in the U.S. and Europe: Lessons Learned and Best Practices
,” in collaboration with the Transatlantic Climate Bridge
and hosted by the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. The discussion continued the dialogue from an … Continue Reading ››
Climate change has been a constant reality for many Filipinos, with impacts ranging from extreme weather events to periodic droughts and food scarcity. The most affected populations are coastal residents and rural communities that lack proper disaster preparedness.
Tacloban City after Typhoon Haiyan. Credit: The Guardian
According to the … Continue Reading ››
One of the biggest challenges with using renewable energy for electricity generation—specifically wind and solar power—is intermittency. The wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine. Affordable, reliable, and deployable storage is seen as the holy grail of renewable energy integration, and recent advances in storage technology are getting closer to finding it.
The … Continue Reading ››
While many participants had hoped for a rocking performance by negotiators, they left still straining to hear the sounds of success.
The most recent round of the United Nations climate change negotiations began early the morning of November 11. After a marathon final … Continue Reading ››
I arrived in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, five weeks ago. In the days prior, I had read up on this southwestern African country and its tourist sites, learned about the wildlife conservation successes it has achieved since independence in 1990, and was even reminded that this was where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie chose … Continue Reading ››
Over the past twenty years, climate negotiations have been dominated by concerns that addressing global warming is anti-business and onerous to future development. The insufficient progress we have made at the last 18 COPs towards ‘preventing dangerous human interference with the climate system,’ the ultimate goal of the UN Climate Convention, is a consequence of … Continue Reading ››
The European Union’s emission trading scheme (EU ETS) has hit a brick wall erected by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). In an October 4 resolution
, the ICAO denied a country (or in this case, a region) the right to unilaterally include another country’s airline in its ETS. Instead, the ICAO committed to … Continue Reading ››