Seize the day

Most of the time, economic policymaking is about tinkering at the edges. Politicians argue furiously about modest changes to taxes or spending. Once in a while, however, momentous shifts are possible. From Deng Xiaoping’s market opening in 1978 to Poland’s

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Estimated social cost of climate change too low

The economic damage caused by a ton of CO2 emissions–often referred to as the “social cost of carbon”–could actually be six times higher than the value that the United States uses to guide current energy regulations, and possibly future mitigation

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Low-cost oil is an opportunity to rethink corporate strategies and energy policy, RES4MED’s Vigotti says

Roberto Vigotti speaks exclusively with Behind Energy to explains why the plunge in commodity prices should force a rethink in global energy polices and in already pushing utilities overhaul their business propositions. When we talk about subsidies for different energy sources, the

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Building climate change resilience in cities

A survey released by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) shows that 90% of business leaders believe they can help prepare cities for the effects of climate change, with 51% saying that investing in climate change resilience gives them a competitive

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Graph of the Day: Myth of cheap shale gas and cheap energy

The conservative press – the Murdoch media in particular – has hallelujahed the fall in gas prices as a great gift to the people, in the form of cheaper electricity. Except, this hasn’t happened. As this graph from Deutsche Banks

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Clean Energy Investment Jumps 16%, Shaking Off Oil’s Drop

Clean energy investment rose for the first time in three years in 2014, overcoming a slump in oil prices that unsettled the outlook for the industry. New funds for wind, solar, biofuels and other low-carbon energy technologies gained 16 percent

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Leave fossil fuels buried to prevent climate change, study urges

New research by University College London (UCL) is the first to identify which reserves must not be burned if we are to keep the rise in global temperature under 2C, including over 90% of US and Australian coal and almost all

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Solar is changing the game

At the start of 2015, solar energy is booming. It’s been a long time coming, but financial incentives for renewables along with more affordable panels are finally having a notable impact in states like California. California now accounts for a

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Fracking confirmed as cause of Ohio earthquake

A new study published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America has confirmed that a fracking operation near Poland Township in Ohio activated a previously unknown fault in the Earth, causing 77 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 between March 4 and

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Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions since World War II

Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions since World War II is a history book on covert CIA operations and United States military interventions during the second half of the 20th century. It was written by former State Department employee William Blum. The book takes a strongly critical

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