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Big Energy Question: Clearing the Air? Challenges and Opportunities in India
A cross-section of representatives from the energy sector in India gathered on December 9, 2014, to discuss a critical conundrum faced by the giant South Asia nation: How to deliver on the new government’s election promise to extend access to energy to 400 million people without electricity, while also containing, if not reducing, the heavy burden on the environment. Delhi is already ranked as...
Dec 23, 2014 12:30 PM ET
In Sao Paulo, Experts Eye the Future for Brazil’s Energy Mix
Brazil is a vast country of abundant natural resources, and Brazilians are anxious both to preserve irreplaceable habitats and fulfill their potential to contribute significantly to global energy and food supply. Finding the right balance is crucial, not just to Brazil but to the world, and much rests on determining the right energy mix. In São Paulo last week, some of Brazil’s foremost...
Nov 19, 2014 1:15 PM ET
Achieving the Right “Calorie Balance” in Cities: Health, Community, and Energy
Japan is now facing three major issues: the aging population, the decline of region’s economy, and the energy stability after the Tohoku earthquake. I worked on tackling these issues as part of a “smart city” project in Kashiwanoha, 15 miles (25 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo. (See related comments made by Mr. Nagata and others at...
Nov 12, 2014 4:15 PM ET
As U.S. Fracking Bans Increase, So Do Lawsuits
Legal skirmishes are mounting as more U.S. municipalities, including four in Tuesday’s midterm elections, ban the controversial oil and natural gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking. Two lawsuits were filed Wednesday, only hours after 59% of voters in Denton, Texas, adopted the Lone Star state’s first fracking ban. The city, a 45-mile drive northwest of Dallas...
Nov 6, 2014 3:35 PM ET
Chief Councillor Ellis Ross of the Haisla Nation on First Nations and Energy Development in Canada
  Located in the North Coast region of the Canadian province of British Columbia, the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation has found itself at the center of Canada’s energy and international commerce debate.   Ellis Ross was elected Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation in 2011 and re-elected by acclamation to a four-year term in 2013. A full-time...
Oct 30, 2014 8:30 AM ET