9 July 2015

SEIZING THE GLOBAL OPPORTUNITY: PARTNERSHIPS FOR BETTER GROWTH AND A BETTER CLIMATE. Published by The New Climate Economy (July 2015). This new report highlights a series of new opportunities and challenges for low-carbon growth and international development. These include, among others, trends in record-low clean energy and energy storage prices, as well as increased interest in areas such as infrastructure investment and climate risk. The authors also note key areas for international and multi-stakeholder action, outlining recommendations for speeding up better, low-carbon growth across ten key areas. To learn more, or to view the report in full, click here.

THE END OF COAL: ONTARIO’S COAL PHASE OUT. Written by Marisa Beck, Ivetta Gerasimchuk, and Melissa Harris. Published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) (29 June 2015). The Canadian province of Ontario moved to end all coal use in 2014. This working paper discusses the potential for replicating this model abroad as others seek to move toward a low-carbon future. The analysis relies on the theory of “windows of opportunity,” considering the various “panes” of champions, concerns, and complementary policies. To read the full paper, visit IISD’s website

SHIFTS IN US MERCHANDISE TRADE 2014. Published by the US International Trade Commission (USITC) (30 June 2015). This annual report explores changes within in US merchandise trade, including imports and exports of agricultural and manufacturing industries and changes in bilateral trade with China, Japan, the EU, and sub-Saharan Africa. The report also includes the effects of US trade flow changes on certain measures, such as tariff reductions and foreign-trade zones. This comprehensive trade review can be reviewed on USITC’s website.

GUIDELINES FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE IN EMERGING OIL AND GAS PRODUCERS. Edited by Valérie Marcel. Published by Chatham House (June 2015). Compiled by the New Petroleum Producers Discussion Group, this research paper explores the common challenges facing emerging oil and gas producers. It addresses the challenges from the perspectives of the exploration phase, recent discoveries, and early oil production. Recommendations include proper licensing for early revenue and building capacity to ensure meaningful participation of national organisations in resource development. To read the full paper, visit Chatham House’s website.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUBSIDIES TO CONSUMERS. Edited by Shigeru Matsumoto. Published by Routledge (28 June 2015). This book aims to answer the following question: “How did [environmental subsidies] work in the Japanese market?” As a response to climate change and environmental problems caused by consumers underestimating energy saving benefits and underinvesting in energy efficiency, governments have started providing subsidies for eco-friendly products in an attempt to drive down these harmful effects. This book reviews Japan’s subsidy programme and provides policy recommendations in both the environmental and industrial sectors. To learn more, visit Routledge’s website.

GLOBAL TRADE STARTS AT HOME. Broadcasted by the International Monetary Fund (2 July 2015). This interview with Mari Pangestu, the Director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia, discusses the potentially positive growth effects of global trade. Pangestu comments on the future of trade in response to the lower rates of economic and trade growth experienced by economies globally, urging for the development of efficient, open, and fair regional trade deals that can create a better international trade environment. To listen to the whole podcast, click here

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