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Blog / Environment & Energy

Is Britain Ready for the New Frontier.

The Navy has Alfred Thayer Mahan, The Air Force has Giulio Douhet and John Warden whilst the Army has Clausewitz and Sun Tzu. The domain of space has….well no-one.

There is no one figure that stands out as redefining the way military forces can utilize space to their advantage. For some this may be a good …

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The Future’s Bright; The Future’s Green. (Or at Least it May Be).

Is it too idealistic to believe that sustainable economies can lead to a more equal global society? Source: Wikimedia Commons

There is an increasingly consistent rhetoric among some leading politicians and policy makers that there is huge potential of green industries to develop and create jobs within green economies. This is of course an attractive …

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Blog / Environment & Energy

Climate Security: Evaluating the Synergies between Climate Policy and Social Safety Nets

Turning the tide on climate change: Photo Credit: Robert Kandel via FlickR.

In the 1880s, German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck adopted a number of surprisingly progressive policies. In what may have been the first set of comprehensive social security provisions on the European continent, Bismarck introduced old age and health insurance schemes – to this …

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Expert Comment: Rethinking Nuclear Weapons

Rachel Staley is currently the Programme Manager for the British American Security Information Council (BASIC) in their London office. This is part of Future Foreign Policy’s Expert Comment series.

Military personnel observe a nuclear weapons test in Nevada, 1951. Photo Source: ICAN.

The Next Generation: Rethinking Nuclear Weapons

This website is dedicated to the next generation. We are the inspired individuals …

Brazilian-owned Petrobas’ Oil Platform P-51 will produce about 180 thousand barrels of oil when fully operational. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Oil_platform_P-51_(Brazil).jpg
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Oil Wealth in Latin America: A Double-Edged Sword

Brazilian-owned Petrobas’ Oil Platform P-51 will produce about 180 thousand barrels of oil when fully operational. Photo Source: Divulgação Petrobras/ Agência Brasil via Wikimedia Commons.

Brazil, the 7th largest economy in the world, is planning to triple its oil production by 2035. Currently, Venezuela holds the largest supply of proven reserves in the world, outranking …

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Blog / Environment & Energy

Global Climate Negotiations: A Conference to Save Us All

Green groups walk out on Warsaw conference. Photo Source: Oxfam International via Flickr

By now, it’s familiar. It seems that every year, the global climate conference – or Conference of the Parties (COP) – produces one signature achievement: building momentum for the next conference. At this rate, we should hope that conference attendees don’t get …

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Fracking: a necessary distraction?

Anti-fracking campaigners at Cuadrilla drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex. Photo source: sheilabythesea via Flickr Creative Commons.

The ubiquitous nature of fracking has generated healthy debate: but how much do we really understand about this controversial practice?

A mixed message

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process in which shale rocks are blasted by a high pressure …

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Ghosts of Chernobyl

Photo from Adam Lenton ©

It’s not often a chance to visit a place like Chernobyl crops up, and naturally I jumped at the chance. My main motivation for visiting was to see the abandoned city of Pripyat, untouched since the time of the Ukrainian SSR when its 50,000 inhabitants were forced to evacuate.

The trip …