In May, a new column was launched focusing on the economics of energy trends and markets. Themes of resource sustainability, climate impacts, geopolitics of energy, and infrastructure will also be included.
Energy and Environment: Sustainable economies, modern and emerging
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Targeting the Future: Smarter, Cleaner Infrastructure Development Choices.
China and India, with their high economic growth trajectories, offer the planet a significant opportunity to reduce carbon emissions provided they invest in climate-smart infrastructure. The globe is also becoming increasingly water stressed. Understanding the energy-water-climate nexus is critical to achieving sustainable development. Chapter in Book, "Climate Change," Nov 2012.
Energy-Water Nexus and Sustainability.
An extensive interview with Dr. Rajan Gupta, Laboratory Fellow of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, contains references, analysis and insight into the “challenges of the commons” faced globally, including: energy and water resources; climate change, carbon emissions equations and the response of nature; discussions about natural gas and nuclear energy and waste; and, the geopolitics and economics surrounding the energy- water nexus, with references to China and India.
Australian Floods Impact on Asian Trade.
Backwash from the floods which ravaged Australia in late December and early January is now rippling through the global coal trade like a tsunami. Lloyd's List op ed, Jan 2011.
China ramps up gas investments.
As China continues to evolve its economy, natural gas becomes an increasingly attractive source of cleaner energy and for diversification purposes. Lloyd's List op ed, Nov 26, 2010.
Global gas, an ever-changing plot.
Shifts across the globe in natural gas consumption and production tell a new tale. Opinion editorial in Lloyd's List, on Sept 24, 2010.
Energy Matters: Shocks, Energy Math, and OPEC.
Some refer to energy security in regard to domestic policy obstructions, clean energy ambitions, or threats to oil supply from Middle East instability. Energy security can also mean diversification of the energy slate, with recent boons from natural gas adding to the energy portfolio mix. But facts are facts. Research from energy economist James Smith of SMU Cox literally comes off the pages in his recent presentations in Stockholm, Sweden to fellow energy economists and foreign policy aficionados in Dallas.
Running Out? Peak Theories Exposed.
In a research profile, peak oil theories are analyzed. From the viewpoint of the energy economist, the idea of a peaking resource, such as oil, ushering in an era of reduced growth and hardship, doesn’t hold water. Energy economist Dr. James Smith of SMU Cox provides calculations in new research which show that the “peak” is an unreliable indicator of resource scarcity.
Cities as Opportunity and Threat.
Urbanization is a significant driver of future economic opportunities and growth in developing countries. This brief explores the underlying characteristics of cities and their growth prospects given the emerging science and theory of cities. Dr. Geoffrey West of the Santa Fe Institute offers insights about his breakthrough research.
Op ed about China, its green agenda and coal's prospects.
Published in Lloyd's List Sept 8, 2010.
Water scarcity and deteriorating soil conditions threaten agriculture’s sustainability in many at-risk regions. New irrigation technology is a game changer for fragile states and emerging economies alike. Web content and art direction (considerably scaled back since initial development in 2010) for a start up firm on the front lines in the fight against food insecurity in resource-challenged areas. See www.swhlp.com.
Sustainable Growth for China
When capital markets and green infrastructure combine, the world’s economic system and ecosystem have everything to gain by teasing apart the infrastructure and climate change-related issues for China. The Chinese Economy, Oct./Nov 2011
Perspectives on Fossil Fuels
China's Green Future
Understanding China's huge energy-related challenges illuminates the out-sized opportunity for America. Beijing's energy goals can be fast-tracked with the help of American companies, and both countries will benefit from enhanced green trade routes. Published in Far Eastern Economic Review, December 2008.
Winning Play: The Barnett Shale
Natural gas is gaining traction as an energy source with potential beyond its traditional uses. New shale plays like the Barnett Shale and the Marcellus Shale are adding to supply at a time when high energy costs and greenhouse-gas emissions concern households, businesses, and politicians alike. What might the future hold for natural gas, with its ability to morph into numerous energy forms, in solving some of America's energy challenges? Published in D CEO magazine, September 2008.
The Chinese Connection
Profile of CEO Patrick Jenevein of Tang Energy, a U.S.-based energy firm focusing on wind energy development and green tech processes in power generation, with rich experience in China. Illustrates a firm uniquely addressing the pollution problem in China, one consequence of rapid economic growth and high demand for energy. Feature in DallasCEO magazine (Jan 2008).
Drilling for Oil
Though Republicans and Democrats find ways to make more drilling possible by opening up previously restricted areas, the actual decision by a firm whether to drill or not matters too. An article about new research by SMU Cox School of Business professors. Featured in E&P magazine, September 24, 2008.