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