Environment

How Belt and Road Is Upending the Beijing Consensus

Coal plant in Wyoming, cc Greg Goebel from Loveland CO, USA ,modified, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dave_Johnson_coal-fired_power_plant,_central_Wyoming.jpg

When it comes to coal, Beijing is preaching water but drinking wine.

Can AMLO Save Mexico’s Pemex?

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The newly elected president has set out to reverse the long-term decline of Mexico’s state-owned oil giant. But he’s going to have his work cut out for him.

Glacier Watch: China-Kazakhstan Water Conflict and the Lake Balkhash Basin

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Glacier shrinkage in the Lake Balkhash basin is set to exacerbate water shortages in an already arid part of the world, creating a potential water conflict between China and Kazakhstan.

Outlook 2019: The Year in Drought

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Tracking some of the most vulnerable and food-insecure regions in what is expected to be the hottest year ever.

COP24 Deal Celebrations to Be Short-Lived

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The COP24 agreement is being hyped as a win, but the Paris process remains woefully unfit for task in tackling global warming.

IPCC Report: Demise of the ‘Here-Us-Now’ Civilization

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A new world of consensus and collaboration is not a better place. It is the only way for the human race to survive.

The Bering Strait: A New Chokepoint for Great Power Competition

The attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) rests in the Arctic Ocean after surfacing through three feet of ice during Ice Exercise 2009 on March 21, 2009. The two-week training exercise, which is used to test submarine operability and war-fighting capability in Arctic conditions, also involves the USS Helena (SSN 725), the University of Washington and personnel from the Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones, U.S. Navy. (Released), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:USS_Annapolis_ICEX.jpg

The Northern Sea Route through the Arctic will alter global trade flows and in doing so create new geopolitical chokepoints. Chief among them is the Bering Strait, where US, Russian, and Chinese interests converge.

The Geopolitical Impact of Climate Change in Vietnam

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As a country that’s particularly susceptible to climate change, Vietnam will face a daunting assortment of security, economic, and political challenges in the decades to come.

Backgrounder: Nord Stream 2

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Key background information on Nord Stream 2, the energy pipeline that was center stage at this week’s NATO summit.

Backgrounder: Malaysia’s Melaka Gateway

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Don’t expect this Belt and Road port to unseat Singapore as Southeast Asia’s premier transportation hub anytime soon.

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