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Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Australia’s climate policy hindering future opportunities

The Australian government’s policy towards climate change is in stark contrast to the rest of the world. Is this policy promising to help bolster a fledging economy or is it

Natural resources and energy Sub-Saharan Africa

Eskom’s problems highlight flaws in South Africa’s energy plans

On Sunday 8 February 2015, South African taxpayer-owned electricity utility Eskom achieved an unwelcome milestone after it imposed the sixth consecutive day of load shedding. With more days likely to

North America Politics

Midterm Series: What will it mean for energy markets?

Results of the midterm elections and local state races and the ensuing hydraulic fracturing and coal policies will affect international energy markets. Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with strong ties

Europe Politics

4 things the world in 2014 shares with 1914

There are striking parallels between the world in 1914 and 2014. While we may not see another world war break out, the various challenges confronting the world today and the

Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia

5 energy problems confronting India

India is the world’s fourth largest energy consumer. Its energy needs continue to increase, but national energy shortages and an inadequate energy infrastructure could perpetuate national energy poverty. On March

Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia

Russia is eyeing China to expand energy ties with Asia

As Europe aims to diversify its energy sources, Russia is looking to the East to develop links with the more energy-prospective Asian markets. In June 2013, Russia’s oil giant Rosneft

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

New rules for Indonesia’s mining sector see exports static

Indonesia has placed an export ban on mined ore to encourage local processing. The regulatory changes have been met with resistance from international mining companies, and investor confidence in Indonesia’s mining sector

Asia Pacific Economics

Growth prospects are strong for Australia

Despite discouraging news towards the end of 2013, the prospects for the Australian economy are strong for 2014. However, dependence on continued Chinese growth and a potential housing bubble may

Asia Pacific Economics

With New Liberal Government, Australia is “Open for Business”

When the Australian Labor Party emerged victorious from the Australian federal elections of 2007, few would have predicted the degree of infighting that would plague the party and its governments

Europe Natural resources and energy

Clean Energy Damages Europe’s Competitiveness

For years Europe has been at the forefront of the renewable energy revolution, promoting and establishing global rules in this sector. There are signs however that this trend might change.