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Navigating geopolitics in oil and gas

What is geopolitics and why is it important? Geopolitics is a central concern for the oil and gas sector and can be viewed as a source of both risk and opportunity. The trend toward more nationalistic and aggressive political behavior

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Special edition: Libya

Until the 1950s, Libya was one of the poorest countries in the world, above all as a result of the infertility of its land. But in 1959 its economy was transformed with the discovery of its first hydrocarbon reserves, thus

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Pentagon sees climate change as immediate security risk

The Department of Defense released its 2014 Climate Change Adaption Roadmap on Monday, outlining how the U.S. military plans to adapt to the impacts of climate change. For the first time, the Pentagon discusses climate change as an immediate risk–a factor that

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5 Reasons Oil Prices Are Dropping

As oil prices continue to fall, analysts and producers are trying to wrap their heads around the reasons and identify a floor price. Even though crude benchmarks like Brent and WTI keep dropping, the cost of finding oil continues to

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Mideast Water Wars: In Iraq, A Battle for Control of Water

Conflicts over water have long haunted the Middle East. Yet in the current fighting in Iraq, the major dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are seen not just as strategic targets but as powerful weapons of war. Water matters

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Water conflicts

In an ongoing effort to understand the connections between water resources, water systems, and international security and conflict, the Pacific Institute initiated a project in the late 1980s to track and categorize events related to water and conflict, which has

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Fuelling controversy

The economic case for scrapping fossil-fuel subsidies is getting stronger. Globally, the cost of government subsidies for fossil fuels increased from $311 billion in 2009 to $544 billion in 2012, the IEA estimates. Source: The Economist Date: January 2014 Read the

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300 years of fossil fuels in 300 seconds

Fossil fuels have powered human growth and ingenuity for centuries. Now that we’re reaching the end of cheap and abundant oil and coal supplies, we’re in for an exciting ride. While there’s a real risk that we’ll fall off a

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Oil, conflict, and U.S. national interests

Oil is a leading cause of war. Between one-quarter and one-half of interstate wars since 1973 have been linked to oil. Fracking does not change the fundamentals. Although hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is transforming the U.S. oil and gas sector, the

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Reports: Renewables, Energy Efficiency Can Help Avert Water Crisis

Dependency on fossil fuel-based energy will lead to a global water crisis by 2040 unless power generators increase efficiency and the use of renewables, according to two new reports by CNA Corporation, a nonprofit research and analysis organization. The research,

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