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Expectations Are High As Mexico Prepares to Accept Foreign Oil Explorers | Ames Tribune

July 15, 2014

"Mexico's declining oil production, the rigidities of the (political) system, have been known for a long time," said Daniel Yergin, author of "The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power." "As Mexico becomes a manufacturing platform of the global economy, they really need the energy supplies," Yergin said. "It’s not something that happens overnight.

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Who Needs Sanctions? Oil, Gas Markets Are Hitting Moscow | Defense One

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
July 2, 2014 |
With the failure of an ultimatum to bring calm to Ukraine, the West may impose new sanctions on Russia, but if so they will come at a time that Moscow is already being undercut by a surge in supplies of gas and oil, its main exports.

Daniel Yergin on the Future of Energy: Big Gains for Coal and Natural Gas | Wall Street Journal

  • By
  • Daniel Yergin,
  • New America Foundation
July 7, 2014 |
The world will soon run out of its most important energy resource because supplies are "becoming exhausted." To stave off disaster, there must be a quick fix to wind power.

Citizen Science : A Pathway to Civic Action

June 12, 2014
At last week’s Personal Democracy Forum, Matt Stempeck who has led work on participatory civic projects out of MIT’s Center for Civic Media, moderated a panel on Citizen Science.

Driving Out of the Red with Greener Cars

  • By
  • Lisa Margonelli,
  • New America Foundation
March 24, 2014

Income inequality in California is already high, and it continues to increase. This income inequality is exacerbated by unequal access to jobs, credit, and efficient vehicles. Wages in California's Central Valley are lower than in the rest of the state, and workers there must commute long distances, with little access to alternative transportation, in older, inefficient cars. As a result, some working families in the Central Valley spend as much as a third to half of their income on fueling and maintaining their vehicle.

Mark Hertsgaard Analyzes the Psychology of Climate Change Activism

  • By
  • Mark Hertsgaard,
  • New America Foundation
July 14, 2013 |

In The Tank: The Energy Holy Grail

March 5, 2013
You want to change the world, with one simple device? Build a better battery. Yep, the humble battery. If scientists can improve its power and range, the battery has the potential to dramatically change how we fuel planes, trains and, in particular, automobiles. A better battery is also one big hurdle that lies between here and much wider use of renewable energy. That makes a better battery a big weapon in the fight against climate change. As Schwartz Fellow Steve LeVine says, batteries are the one technology that really worries oil and gas companies.

The Sidebar: Of Asteroids and Men

February 22, 2013
Konstantin Kakaes and Dan Sarewitz explain how - theoretically - we could avert an asteroid impact, and how the asteroid tracking industry has evolved. John Williams, former meteorite-hunter, tells us why the meteorite market is so murky legally. Sarewitz and Kakaes critique the president's State of the Union science and technology proposals. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

Ecological Cooperation in South Asia: The Way Forward

  • By Saleem H. Ali, University of Vermont and University of Queensland, Australia
January 14, 2013

The greatest loss of human life and economic damage suffered by South Asia since 2001 has not been due to terrorism and its ensuing conflicts, but rather due to natural disasters ranging from the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the Indus floods of 2010 to seasonal water shortages and drought.  Although such calamities themselves might not be preventable, their human impact can certainly be mitigated. This report argues that such mitigation of environmental stresses is possible only through regional approaches to ecological cooperation.

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