Environment News

In Mongolia, Climate Change and Mining Boom Threaten National Identity

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.

CNOOC Buys Alberta's Nexen for $15.1 billion

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.

Rio+20 and the World of Clarice

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.

Choke Point: China

Jun 20, 2012

Population and Reproductive Health at Rio+20

Jun 19, 2012
Population dynamics have significant influence on sustainable development but the two have not always been seen as connected. ECSP’s Sandeep Bathala is in Rio de Janeiro for the landmark UN Conference on Sustainable Development to report on the efforts being made to integrate the two more closely.

Rio+20

Jun 19, 2012
Follow the events of Rio+20: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

Women’s Rights and Voices Belong at Rio+20

Jun 19, 2012
For the scores of women who will be attending the 20th anniversary of the first UN Earth Summit this June (and just importantly for those who aren’t), there are glaring omissions: reproductive health, gender equality, and girls education are nowhere to be found on the Rio+20 agenda.

CEF's Cooperative Competitors Initiative Publishes New Brief

Jun 04, 2012
"Snapshot of Chinese Energy Investment into the United States" examines the potential for U.S.-China partnerships as the two countries strive to resolve energy challenges.

A Northern View: Canada’s Climate Claims and Obligations

May 16, 2012
Reneging on Kyoto, Keystone pipeline drama, pain at the pump, re-aligned Arctic sovereignty, melting outdoor hockey rinks – all these aspects of climate change are being discussed in Canada. However, Canadians, as potential citizens of the next energy superpower, need a more comprehensive and enriching debate. Climate change adaptation measures, at home and abroad, are inevitable, but the issue has largely been ignored by the federal government thus far.

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