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Produced by Program Manager Stephen Yaeger

International Investment in Agriculture

October 14, 2015

At RNRF’s Congress on Adapting Food Production to a Changing Climate, Christopher Delgado with World Resources Institute presented on building financial support for international agricultural programs. [See Delgado’s Power Point presentation and video recording] Here, we revisit international funding for agriculture in more detail. According to a U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, agricultural investment…

XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC)

October 12, 2015

Howard Rosen U.S. Forest Service Volunteer Society of Wood Science & Technology Representative, RNRF Board of Directors Mike Maurer from Switzerland plays the alphorn. Nasser Makhoul, stringed wooden instrument player and maker, and Antoine Dawlatly, wooden drum player, both from Lebanon, provide musical accompaniment.    Nearly 3900 participants from 138 countries met at the WFC in…

RNRF Round Table: The Road To and Through COP21 in Paris

October 5, 2015

World Resources Institute (WRI) hosted RNRF’s Washington Round Table on Public Policy with Jennifer Morgan, Global Director of WRI’s Climate Program, on October 2, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Here, we present her insights on “The Road To and Through Paris,”  discussing the context in which the upcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations…

Changes in the Arctic

September 24, 2015

Arctic Council. What are the political and physical challenges and opportunities facing the region in terms of marine transportation, resource exploitation, environmental health and safety, and indigenous populations? Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress, authored by Congressional Research Service staff, provides a comprehensive overview of Arctic issues and U.S. Arctic policy. The…

Causes and Cost of Wildfires

September 18, 2015

[1] In the first half of September alone, there have been eight different wildfires in California.[2] The largest of these, the Valley Fire, has destroyed up to 1,000 buildings[3] and killed three people.[4] In mid-August, three firefighters were killed and four injured[5] while battling a Washington state fire, with property losses valued at more than…

Fracking and the Climate Debate

September 10, 2015

Volume 29, No. 3 of the Renewable Resources Journal. As natural gas production has increased over the last decade, so too has the contention surrounding its production. What role should natural gas play in national climate policy? Three popularized beliefs about natural gas as part of the energy mix are that 1) gas is no…

Climate Change Threats to National and International Security

September 10, 2015

Climate Change: A Risk Assessment, is one of three reports and articles featured in Volume 29, No. 3 of the Renewable Resources Journal (RRJ). The UK Foreign and Commonwealth commissioned this report as an independent contribution to the climate change debate. This issue of RRJ features a section of the report on climate change risks…

Lessons Learned from Germany’s Energiewende

September 10, 2015

Energiewende” by Peter Sopher, energy policy analyst at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), is the first of three articles featured in Volume 29, No. 3 of the Renewable Resources Journal. Germany has emerged as a leader in the development and incorporation of renewable energy into a national energy grid. The Energiewende, defined as the transformation of…

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