Energy and Climate

About Energy and Climate

How to promote sound energy and climate policy?

What will it take to mitigate severe climate disruption? What should our priorities be in the relationship between fresh water and climate change? What will it take to help vulnerable countries and regions adapt to change already taking place? How should we revise our concept of national, international and human security to prepare for climate-related conflict and refugee flows? How to make energy-rich states more of a force for economic and political stability? How to induce high energy-consuming nations to meet their growing needs without weakening the international political order? How to utilize nuclear power as a partial remedy to climate change while strengthening the global nonproliferation regime?

The most pressing threats to international security—in the Greater Middle East, the Korean Peninsula, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Europe—all demand better understanding of the realities of energy markets and their role in geopolitics.

Environmental sustainability is as critical as political sustainability. Indeed, the two are inextricably linked. The current generation of leaders and citizens may be the last that will be able to begin the transition to secure, low-carbon energy and avert climate catastrophe later in the century. The policy priorities are not easy or obvious. In many places, a warmer world will lead to greater drought; in others, more extensive melting of glaciers will cause flooding. The growing role of hydropower as a non-carbon source of energy could come with economic and other environmental consequences. We are committed to stepping up the potent All-Brookings capacity we have already developed in this arena of intersecting dangers and responsibilities.