Policy & Law

Climate Refugees and the Challenge of Statehood: Defining the Problem, Identifying Solutions

Professor Burkett, Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP), discusses possible new government structures and considerations needed to deal with a projected 250,000,000 refugees from island nations and coastal cities in the 21st century as a result of rising sea levels.

The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World

Daniel Yergin is Vice Chairman of IHS and the founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates.  He is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book The PrizeThe New York Times has called him “America’s most influential energy pundit.” His new book — The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World — has been hailed by The Economist as “a masterly piece of work” and “a comprehensive guide to the world’s great energy needs and dilemmas.” Dr. Yergin’s other books include Commanding Heights: the Battle for the World Economy.

He serves on the US Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, chaired the US Department of Energy’s Task Force on Strategic Energy Research and Development, and is a member of the Subcommittee on shale gas development.   He is the only foreign member of the Russian Academy of Oil and Gas, is an adjunct professor at the Chinese University of Petroleum. He is CNBC’s Global Energy Expert. He received the Charles Percy Award for Public Service from the Alliance to Save Energy.  The International Association for Energy Economics gave Dr. Yergin its 2012 award for “outstanding contributions to the profession of energy economics and to its literature.”

He received his BA from Yale where he founded The New Journal, and his Ph.D from Cambridge University where he was a Marshall Scholar.

Parenting the Planet

Sarah Krakoff of the University of Colorado Law School, teaches and writes in the areas of American Indian law and natural resources law. Her recent book, Parenting the Planet, discusses the different stages of man’s relationship to nature.  Her publications include “American Indian Law: Cases and Commentary,” (with Robert Anderson, Bethany Berger and Phil…

Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change

Berkeley School of Law Professor Andrew Guzman holds a Ph.D. in economics as well as a J.D. from Harvard University. He has written extensively on international trade, international regulatory matters, foreign direct investment and public international law. In Overheated, he assumes a 2-degree Celsius increase in average global temperatures and explores how even that modest change might play out in flooding, prolonged drought and increased violence.

Farhana Sultana: The Social Impacts of Changing Water Patterns

Farhana Sultana is associate professor of geography at The Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She has worked on a wide range of environmental issues around the world in many different roles, including as a programme officer in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where she was responsible for a large environmental management program in Bangladesh.

Torgny Holmgren: Organizing to Combat the Global Water Crisis

Torgny Holmgren is executive director of the Stockholm International Water Institute, a policy institute that generates knowledge and informs decision-making towards water wise policy and sustainable development. Before joining SIWI, he was Ambassador at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Head of the Department for Development Policy, where he was responsible for policies on global sustainable development. He also recently served as Sherpa for the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability.

Carbon battle lines drawn

The House Energy and Commerce Sub Committee invited Obama administration officials to a hearing Wednesday to discuss proposed new rules to limit carbon emissions.   EPA chief administrator Gina McCarthy and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz were the lone representatives from eleven agencies invited to testify…


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