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Looking ahead to the Paris 2015 Climate Change Conference: Are we doomed to have a repeat of Copenhagen?

World leaders talk during the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. Pete Souza, via Wikimedia Commons

On the 30th of November 2015, Paris will host the UN Climate Change Conference, also referred to as the Twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21). After the Copenhagen Summit’s failure in 2009 to deliver a meaningful solution, …

Emissions are public bads. They should be taxed. Photo: Arnold Paul via Wikimedia Commons.
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It´s the Tax, Stupid! Finally Putting a Price on Carbon Emissions

Benjamin Franklin said there were only two things certain in life: death and taxes. Not so in global environmental politics, where the introduction of a carbon tax has met fierce opposition. In spite of all the arguments in favor of a significant carbon tax – being advocated for by environmentalists, some progressive politicians, journalists, and …

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The EU And Energy Security

Major Russian Gas Pipelines – Sam Bailey via Wikimedia Commons

This year the crisis in Ukraine has threatened EU gas supplies and along with this the recent drop in oil prices has threatened member nations’ resolve to move away from fossil fuels towards more sustainable and self sufficient energies. The crisis in Ukraine has particularly …

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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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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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Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: Who Cares?

Hurricane Sandy caused extensive flooding, damaging the homes of citizens and the investment portfolios of fund managers. Source: ABC News.

940 millibars sounds like a pretty small number, were it not for the gravity of its context in the wake of Hurricane Sandy last month. 940 millibars is the minimum central pressure …