Oct 01, 2012
The Woodrow Wilson Center's China Environment Forum and Circle of Blue have been working on the next part of the Choke Point: China series with support from Skoll Global Threats Fund. Circle of Blue’s director and senior editor just returned from the second fieldwork trip to China to examine the water-energy challenges facing second-tier cities, shale gas development, water pollution, and the expansion of agriculture in the northeast. The upcoming Choke Point: China part II reports will begin being posted later this month, but we already have some short blog posts as a preview. The first focuses on aquaculture in China.
The Shale Gas Revolution: Implications for U.S. and Canadian Energy Policy and Asian Energy Security
Sep 06, 2012
North America is enjoying a greater wealth of energy resources, with new technology making it easier to extract natural gas from dense shale rock formations. This increase in supply has caused gas prices to plummet in the United States to approximately $3 per thousand cubic feet, compared to $16 per thousand cubic feet in Asia. With Asia struggling to meet its growing energy demand, countries such as China, South Korea, and Japan are looking toward North America to help diversify their energy imports. Many in the United States and Canada are interested in fulfilling Asia’s need for gas in order to help diversify trade and boost the economy. Others fear that liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports will hurt North America’s energy security and that LNG exports may raise domestic gas prices. NBR recently spoke with James Slutz, President and Managing Director of Global Energy Strategies LLC, to better understand this debate and the implications for U.S. energy and foreign policy.
Aug 17, 2012
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars today announced the creation of a new program to study the impact of global changes—such as population growth, resource scarcity, urbanization, migration, and economic development—on people’s lives, from their environment and health to their security and economic wellbeing.
Aug 16, 2012
As the world’s largest exporter of corn, soybeans, and wheat, the United States is vital to the global food market. But this summer has seen the country’s worst drought since 1956, and several other key grain-producing regions have been affected by abnormal weather this year as well.
Jul 31, 2012
Ethan Goffman discusses the findings of experts who gathered for CEF's coal event on the Sspp blog.
Jul 24, 2012
Mongolia, a vast, sparsely populated country almost as large as Western Europe, is at once strikingly poor and strikingly rich. Its GDP per capita falls just below that of war-torn Iraq, and Ulan Bator has some of the worst air pollution ever recorded in a capital city. At the same time, Mongolia sits atop some of the world’s largest mineral reserves, worth trillions of dollars, and its economy, already one of the world’s fastest growing, could expand by a factor of six by the end of the decade as those reserves are developed.
Jul 23, 2012
On July 20, 2012 Chinese oil corporation CNOOC closed a deal to buy Alberta's Nexen priced at $15.1 billion. This is the largest oversea's purchase by a Chinese company and signals Canada's openness to foriegn investment in the country.
CEF Partner Organization Circle of Blue's Director, J. Carl Ganter, Receives Rockefeller Foundation Centennial Innovation Award
Jun 25, 2012
The Rockefeller Foundation announced today that J. Carl Ganter, director and co-founder of Circle of Blue, a team of leading journalists and researchers that reports on water and resource issues globally, will receive the foundation's Centennial Innovation Award.
Jun 22, 2012
"As governments clearly fumbled in the face of the complex challenges of imagining and building a more equitable and sustainable economic growth model in the decades ahead, I saw senior business executives and leaders of civil society engaged in intelligent and productive dialogue about difficult issues," writes Paulo Sotero.
Jun 20, 2012