Category: Foreign Investment

Shifting the Cost of Desalination to Renewables: How the Private Sector is Getting Involved in the US and India

The world’s largest concentrated solar plant (CSP) opened earlier this year in California, and the United States is not alone in its quest to become a major supplier of solar power, and to shift the demand for power necessary to

Brazil Moving Forward: Barriers and Recommendations to Land-Use Emissions Mitigation

  This will be the final post (concerning Brazil) to promote our recent report on Land-Use and Agricultural Emissions in Brazil and Indonesia. I encourage all to read through the report to gain a more detailed understanding of the current emissions situations in

Are Brazil’s Deforestation Policies Enough?

      As deforestation alone is responsible for well over half of Brazil’s GHG emissions, it is a contentious sector at all levels of government, for businesses, NGOs, and civil society groups. To meet its stated emissions reductions goals by

What does the Indian General Election mean for Climate Change?

As more than 850 million Indians look to elect a new government this year, it is not clear if “election issue” for any of the major political parties. None of the parties have actively campaigned using the climate change or environmental sustainability

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Whose forest is it anyway? – Political Barriers to Reducing Emissions from Forests

Continuing from my previous blog post which discussed the technical barriers developing countries face in reducing forestry relation emissions, this blog post will looks at how domestic politics can hamper the adoption of mitigation strategies. Measuring forests, converting forest land

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Hydraulic Fracturing and the Energy Future of Europe

The issue of hydraulic fracturing is revealing deep divisions in the European Union. While many of the rich nations of Western Europe have all shunned the practice, the poorer countries of Eastern Europe are in favor of it. The debate

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After Fukushima: Japan’s Climate and Energy Policy Under Review

The 2011 nuclear accident that occurred at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi reactor sent shockwaves through the nuclear power industry. The resulting lack of trust in the safety of nuclear power is causing countries around the world to reconsider their use of

Making REDD+ more attractive for the Private Sector

The private sector is often cast as a necessary but dangerous antagonist in the REDD+ world, and there are good reasons for this.  From carbon cowboys to imaginary baselines, there is plenty of evidence that when money can grow on

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World energy and climate implications from Argentina’s Vaca Muerta

The time is ripe to tap Argentina’s vast, world-class shale resources as American, European, and Chinese oil exploration companies flock to the Vaca Muerta formation, found in the Neuquen Basin. Discovered in 2010 by the Spanish-Argentine joint venture, Repsol-YPF, the