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With Great Power Comes Great (Eco) Responsibility - How Blockchain is Bad for the Environment

April 6, 2019 by Christopher Felton Energy International Renewable Energy

By Kevin Hotchkiss, Staff Contributor.

Blockchain has been hailed as the future of technology. Although innovative, the system revolves around "proof of work," a process that is resource intensive simply for the sake of being resource intensive. How does this technological innovation collide with the international push for sustainable development

The Governance Framework for Arctic Biodiversity

March 29, 2019 by Samuel Ruddy Climate change International Wildlife

By Sang Koo, Staff Contributor

Biodiversity plays an important role in maintaining the overall health of the Arctic, but climate change poses a major threat as temperature increases have disrupted the region's ecosystem. What legal regime is currently in place to protect the Arctic?

China's Green Desert

March 28, 2019 by mjb443 Endangered Species International Natural Resources Public Lands Wildlife

By Timothy Park, staff contributor.

China has been one of the largest contributors to reforestation efforts through its Grain for Green Program. However, have all of their efforts actually helped the environment? One fatal flaw in the program is severely limiting the programs impact on the environment.

Several world leaders meet at the UN in Paris. Some have their hands linked and raised above their heads. Two others are clapping.

The Difficulties of Enforcing Global Environmental Law

February 1, 2019 by De Vann Sago Climate change International

By Taylor Kilduff, Staff Contributor

This post seeks to understand what caused the results of a recent United Nations (UN) report on the international environmental rule of law and outline the international community’s difficulties in implementing and enforcing environmental regulations. Both the domestic politics of individual states and the inherent nature of the international community contribute to the inability of international organizations like the UN to enforce environmental standards on a global scale.

The Strategic Petroleum Reserve: An Underappreciated National Security Asset

November 5, 2018 by Rebecca Strauss Energy Fossil Fuels International

By Alex D. Pappas, Staff Contributor

Proposals to reform an emergency storage repository for crude oil known as the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (“SPR”) abound as President Trump and lawmakers react to changing oil market dynamics. As the policy goals and technical utilization of the SPR are evaluated, policymakers could benefit from additional assessment of the costs and benefits of SPR modifications that could imperil an essential national security asset.