Climate Change

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Pressure Builds on Gulf Countries To Take Climate Action

In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic dealt a significant blow to global climate diplomacy, but the strengthening of a number of trends might signal more momentous changes to come.

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Coronavirus and Climate Agenda Complicate Outlook for Oil Demand Growth

The coronavirus pandemic has altered perceptions as to the direction of energy demand growth and more weight has been given to the net-zero commitments by major consuming countries and how these will shape the energy system in the decades ahead.

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Oman’s Tradition of Environmental Protection Runs Into Economic Headwinds

The Omani government’s focus on protecting the natural environment and wildlife goes back decades, but a shift in authorities might jeopardize the country’s progress toward advancing its national climate strategy.

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Strategic Shifts Needed for Sustainable Recovery in Gulf Aviation and Tourism

The coronavirus pandemic has tested few industries as much as aviation and tourism, but Gulf governments have an opportunity to emerge as frontrunners in creating truly sustainable growth and jobs.

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Gulf States’ Climate Change Policies Amid a Global Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic represents an opportunity to reevaluate existing policies and tools, and climate change provides the needed lens for redirecting development onto sustainable trajectories.

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What BP’s Claim of an End to Peak Oil Demand Means for Gulf Producers

Gulf oil producers need to show some urgency and establish a strategy compatible with a carbon-neutral world.

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Challenges to the Energy Transition in the Gulf Countries

The energy world is entering an era of disruption, where traditional methods of extracting, using, and trading energy are changing rapidly and where old rules no longer apply.

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Challenges to Maximizing Renewables in Oman's Energy Mix

For the Gulf Arab states, renewables could contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions while also supporting economic goals of meeting increasing domestic energy demand and creating jobs.

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Climate Change and Economic Diversification in Saudi Arabia: Integrity, Challenges, and Opportunities

While Saudi Arabia’s long involvement in global climate change negotiations has attracted mounting attention, little is known about the kingdom’s climate change governance at the domestic level or its progress in terms of addressing climate change in line with economic diversification.

Burning the Midnight Oil to Keep the Lights On

The Gulf is extremely vulnerable to climate change and the clock is ticking to keep the lights and air conditioners on without causing harm to their already fragile environment.

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