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UK Oil and Gas has counted 1,630 wells set to be dismantled in the next decade in British waters – the equivalent of nearly one rig every two days and requiring more than 1.2 million tonnes of concrete and steel to be removed.

Virus crisis threatens to set back oil platform decommissioning

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Oil companies are being forced to cut spending due to a fall in global oil prices, threatening funds earmarked to dismantle dated off-shore rigs, despite environmental risks

 An analysis by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) last year found that doing nothing could increase the number of people who need international humanitarian aid because of floods, storms, droughts and wildfires every year – currently 108 million – 50% by 2030. The total could nearly double, to 200 million people, by 2050.

Preparing for the next crisis - before it’s too late

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 7, 2020

In particular, COVID-19 and recent climate disasters have shown that we must step up investment in preparedness now, instead of waiting for the next crisis to hit

Koike’s rise and her ambitions to lead without any family support also stand out in a country where 30% of all elected members of the Diet are second-generation members, and where politics is seen as a family business.

How Angela Merkel Inspires the Japanese

By: EBR | Friday, July 3, 2020

Germany has always been an inspiration to Japan since the country opened itself up. These days, it may be Angela Merkel and her brand of leadership that inspires Japan the most

A permanent use of air and naval bases in Libya by both Russia and Turkey would be a major game changer for Western Europe’s security and would have implications for NATO and the United States as well.

Libya Is a European Emergency

By: EBR | Friday, July 3, 2020

EU leaders must either decide to act jointly as the European Union or leave Libya’s future in the hands of Russia and Turkey—with dangerous consequences for NATO and for Europe’s security

The initial shock of Covid-19 accentuated long-standing gender imbalances (among other social inequities) across several dimensions, appearing to threaten hard-won development of gender equity.

Making the “New Normal” Better for Women

By: EBR | Thursday, July 2, 2020

How individuals and organisations can keep progressing towards gender balance, in our profoundly disrupted world

Israel, perhaps with the blessing of the Trump administration, will officially annex 30 percent of the West Bank. For those of us who still believe that Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace and prosperity next to each other in their own respective states, this move is nothing less than a death blow to the two-state solution.

If Israel goes through with West Bank annexation, everyone loses

By: EBR | Monday, June 29, 2020

If all goes well, or wrong — it depends on where you stand — then on July 1, just a few days away, a most dramatic event will occur in the Middle East

"COVID-19 exposed failing systems in the United States and elsewhere because it has been like a slow-moving, powerful hurricane wreaking damage everywhere, instead of isolating its effects to one location."

Rebuilding after COVID-19 shouldn’t mean going back to how things were

By: EBR | Friday, June 26, 2020

"As someone who has been involved in community-building and post-disaster work for nearly 40 years, I know there are typically three stages that occur in the wake of a catastrophe: response, recovery and rebuilding"

The COVID-19 pandemic has come at a critical moment, accelerating a deeper crisis of international cooperation. Resolving both will require significant innovation, and a massive cooperative effort to achieve a stable equilibrium between economic growth and social wellbeing.

COVID-19: 3 myths and 5 solutions for the future of multilateralism

By: EBR | Thursday, June 25, 2020

A sudden shock upends routine decision-making and forces leaders to take urgent action. A combination of mistrust, misperception, and fear dissolves the bonds that sustain modern civilization

Transport accounts for 23% of global energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions today and for 34% of the 2050 urban GHG abatement potential.

Here’s why e-mobility must be at the heart of the green recovery

By: EBR | Thursday, June 25, 2020

E-mobility remains one of the best solutions for combatting the twin challenges of the economic and climate crises

"Over the past year, Canberra has chosen to strengthen its political and diplomatic ties with Washington in an unannounced but obvious belief that its vital strategic relationship with the United States obliges it to take the U.S. side in the increasingly troubled relationship with China."

Australia’s Strategic Shift to the United States Infuriates China

By: EBR | Wednesday, June 24, 2020

While Australia wants Europe to take a tougher line on China, joining a liberal-democratic front to counter Beijing’s increasing assertiveness and bullying comes with great risks

"Depending on its depth and duration, the crisis could lead to a more cooperative or a more divided world. Or it could lead to ongoing tension between these two alternatives for an indefinite period."

Geopolitics After COVID 19: Conflict or Cooperation?

By: EBR | Wednesday, June 24, 2020

In absolute terms, all states or groups of states around the globe are going to emerge weakened from the 2020 coronavirus crisis

"No doubt Russia will be pleased with such news since Trump’s announcement could fuel anti-American and anti-NATO sentiment in Germany. The opposition Left party has repeatedly called for all American troops to leave Germany."

Why Pulling U.S. Troops Out of Germany Damages America

By: EBR | Friday, June 19, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump uses troops as leverage against Germany, a move that will undermine America’s strategic and global interests and further sour the transatlantic relationship

"If you think corruption is bad today, then get ready for far more challenging times ahead, thanks to the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic — and the responses to it from governments."

COVID 19: Assessing the Global Corruption Fallout

By: EBR | Thursday, June 18, 2020

Corruption is bad today, but bound to get worse. Governments’ response to the COVID 19 pandemic amplifies the opportunities for abuse

Trump seems convinced that the key to winning in November is to rev up and mobilise the base and that whichever party does the best job turning out its voters will win. During a recent lunch meeting with Senate Republicans he touted polling showing that Republican voters are more enthusiastic about voting for him than Democrats are voting for Biden.

Trump’s reelection campaign starts in Tulsa, Oklahoma

By: EBR | Thursday, June 18, 2020

More than one million people have applied for tickets to President Trump’s first scheduled rally since states began efforts to resume activities following weeks after the lockdown measures of the coronavirus pandemic

"Society as a whole needs to rethink how we will travel tomorrow to boost not only economic recovery but also trust in human cooperation, resilience, and the continued nourishment of cultural bridges that tourism brings about."

How will we travel tomorrow? Discover the world after COVID-19

By: EBR | Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down. Not only tourism sector but the economy as a whole has come to a standstill

Greek leaders credit preparedness and a disciplined population. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis asked officials for a virus response plan in January. He praised widespread compliance with lockdown measures in an address to the nation this week, saying the “slightest letup can lead to a painful regression.”

Humbled Greeks Show the World How to Handle the Virus Outbreak

By: EBR | Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Derided by European partners as a problem child during its decade-long financial crisis, Greece is setting an example for the world with a swift response to the coronavirus epidemic

"I for one hope that the “people over cars movement” spreads to as many densely populated areas so that we can mingle, hang out and celebrate life hopefully soon, without masks and closeup."

A Different Post-Corona US?

By: EBR | Monday, June 15, 2020

When public life in small U.S. towns suddenly feels liberating, with almost a Mediterranean feel

When Germany took over the chair of the UNSC in April 2019, it emphasised the WPS agenda as one of its “core concerns,” in particular highlighting “more women’s political participation and better protection against sexual violence.”

‘Women, Peace and Security’ agenda must be at heart of government policy, German NGOs demand

By: EBR | Friday, June 12, 2020

As Germany prepares its latest plans to promote the objectives of UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, a group of 17 German NGOs, including UN Women Germany and the International Rescue Committee, have weighed in on changes they want to see

What can they do to help foster a more inclusive community capable of achieving a “great reset”?

The Great Reset needs great leaders to help the most vulnerable

By: EBR | Friday, June 12, 2020

The World Economic Forum has recently launched the Great Reset. It will be the theme of its 2021 Annual Meeting in Davos

She served in President George W. Bush’s Cabinet, both as US top diplomat and before that as national security adviser. But she also served (as an intern) in the Carter administration’s State Department as well as in President George H.W. Bush’s administration.

Will Condoleezza Rice become Joe Biden’s VP candidate?

By: EBR | Friday, June 12, 2020

A politician must have a fine sense of timing. A crisis can be the perfect time for a public performance or new policy

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