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Climate change: breakthrough at G8 summit

A collective new announcement by G8 leaders has subtly communicated a significant change in the world's ability to negotiate a post-Kyoto climate change agreement. Not only has the US agreed to participate, but the UN has been chosen as the future setting for discussions. However, this progress may be negated if China refuses to take part.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jun 2007
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CommentWire

Climate change: post-Copenhagen talks highlight split between top emitters

After climate talks held in Bonn, Germany during April 9-11, it is clear that tensions remain between the two biggest greenhouse gas emitters, China and the US, over the future of the non-binding Copenhagen Accord. The lack of trust between these two countries reveals the unlikelihood of a global climate change agreement being reached in 2010.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Apr 2010
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CNOOC/Chesapeake deal could provide technological push for China's shale gas industry

In a bid to bridge its supply-demand gap, China is looking to acquire US exploration and production companies' technical expertise so that it can develop and monetize its potentially huge untapped shale gas reserves. By acquiring a 33.3% interest in the US' Eagle Ford shale formation, state-owned CNOOC has taken the lead in this direction, which could see other Chinese companies follow suit.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Oct 2010
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Coal use set to increase in the global energy mix

A combination of strong demand, record oil and gas prices, concerns over energy security and a reluctance to recommit to nuclear energy, has seen a renaissance of coal in the European energy mix. This is a trend closely mirrored in the US and Asia. However, while coal might help to fill growing energy security gaps, it raises some profound environmental questions.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Coles Myer: fuel wars

Coles Myer [CM] has bounced back in Australia's retail market thanks to its new fuel discount, offered via an alliance with Shell [SHEL.L]. The discount, which matches that of rival Woolworths [WOW.AX], has driven sales up by 12%, and now prospects are strong for further growth as the venture is rolled out nationwide.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Nov 2003
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CommentWire

Commodity prices: buoyed by QE2 and speculative investment inflows

Although the global economy is slowly recovering from the worst downturn since the second world war, policymakers in Western countries are finding it very difficult to stimulate growth and boost aggregate demand. Monetary easing now remains the lone tool after further fiscal stimulus was ruled out at June's G20 summit, where heads of state pledged to halve national budget deficits by 2013.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Nov 2010
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CommentWire

Concerns over the rising price of oil are unjustified

There has been a burst of speculation that oil may reach $100/bbl, following a remark made by Saudi Arabia's oil minister that appeared to suggest a new acceptable oil price range of $70-90/bbl. However, all the minister was doing was suggesting that oil above the normally accepted top end of $80/bbl was not causing damage to the global economy.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Nov 2010
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Consumer demand expected to undermine China's energy efficiency targets

With continued economic growth and rising consumer demand for modern appliances and creature comforts, China looks unlikely to meet ambitious internal targets to increase energy efficiency. Datamonitor's consumer research in China shows a high degree of awareness of climate change but the lure of western lifestyles complete with washing machines, TV's and cars may prove too tempting.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jul 2010
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CommentWire

Contactless payment: Europe's forecourts are playing catch-up

In Malaysia and the US, credit card usage is high and, as a result, new payment technologies are flourishing. Advancements such as contactless payment have both positive and negative implications for the forecourt retailer. However, given the slow adoption of credit cards in some markets, it will be several years before Europe follows suit.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Nov 2005
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COP 16: US on weak footing

COP16 is not expected to yield a binding international accord, but there will be negotiations to build a legislative framework. The US will play an important role, yet it is already in a weak position following its failure to pass national climate policy, and it must first reassure the world that it is committed to addressing climate change and is serious about reducing its own carbon emissions.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Nov 2010

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