In the years to come, the world must meet the energy
needs of a growing and developing world population while
mitigating the impacts of global climate change. This policy
brief seeks to establish a framework for considering the
complex and evolving links between energy security and
climate change, and identifi es three challenges:
the evolving and interconnected nature of energy security and climate change definitions and goals,
the variables that contribute to an uncertain future, and
the trade-offs and unintended consequences involved in addressing both issues.
A workable strategy must be concerned not just with how to
design a future in which climate change and energy security
concerns are met, but also with the pathway to get there. To
guide this transition, this brief offers several guiding principles
for devising energy and climate policies that are both
effective and politically viable.
Trends to Watch is WRI’s annual forecast of emerging issues that will have major impacts on environmental coverage in 2008. On climate change: what will happen between COP-13 in Bali, and COP-14 in Poznan? What role will China play? Will we see new legislation and regulations from Congress or the EPA? Where will biofuels and technology go? Where will the water come from? WRI President Jonathan Lash makes his predictions at the National Press Club.
Decisions about energy policy must consider the impacts and tradeoffs to both energy security and climate change. This analysis assesses a range of energy choices currently under consideration, and illustrates how well each option addresses each of these challenges
Merrill Lynch and WRI’s Capital Markets Research Team
Presents framework for understanding the regulatory and market dynamics driving the demand for more fuel efficient and less polluting automobiles, and highlights investment ideas levered to this long-term theme.