Iran

Azerbaijan’s top cleric under fire for pro-Iran remarks

Ulkar Natiqqizi for Eurasianet July 27, 2021

The remarks earned the country’s senior Islamic official a rebuke from a senior adviser to Turkey’s president and a smear campaign in Azerbaijani pro-government media.

bneGREEN: EU takes carbon pricing initiative with CBAM

bne IntelliNews July 27, 2021

The EU on 14 July unveiled the details of its proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, which aims to protect EU CO2 emitters from carbon leakage by making exporters to the EU market pay for the CO2 they produce.

Iran protests spread to Tehran and Tabriz

bne IntelIiNews July 26, 2021

Drought demonstrations in Khuzestan enter 12th day. Officials in the capital say protest there is a local matter over blackouts hitting commerce, but Iran analysts are watching closely.

COMMENT: Why has China’s foreign minister spent three days in Damascus? Probably not having trade discussions

Gav Don in Edinburgh July 25, 2021

A few days ago China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi spent three days visiting President Bashar al Assad in Syria, the first foreign dignitary the Syrian president has hosted since the start of his new term.

bneGREEN: Global investors turn to green energy and away from fossil fuels

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 21, 2021

The world’s largest global debt and equity investors are continuing to invest in renewable energy despite the pandemic, driven by the wealth of investment opportunities, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said.

Reports indicate Iran’s drought protests threaten to escalate to Tehran

bne IntelIiNews July 21, 2021

Police officer shot dead in Khuzestan. Military starts shipping water tankers to the province as unrest continues for sixth night.

Iran’s “vaccine tourists” sleeping on streets of Yerevan after tightening of rules

bne IntelIiNews July 19, 2021

Taxi drivers charging Iranians seeking jabs $120 for round trip from Tehran to Armenian border.

Water stress protests break out in Iran’s southwest

bne IntelIiNews July 16, 2021

Anger over effects of severe drought add to difficulties and tensions seen over lack of water in Central Asia and Turkey.

bneGREEN: Drought causes mass livestock die-offs and irrigation water shortages in Central Asia

bne IntelIiNews July 15, 2021

Studies detect shifts in precipitation patterns in the Tian Shan mountains that supply region with much of its freshwater.

US sweetens Iran’s path to restoring nuclear deal by unfreezing bank funds in Japan, Korea

bne IntelIiNews July 14, 2021

Separately, president Rouhani criticises Iranian regime’s top officials for foiling his attempt to secure revived accord in final months of his administration.

COMMENT: Uzbekistan will have to host Afghan refugees in the near future

independent analyst Abdulla Abdukadirov July 13, 2021

Issue one of many to be addressed by July 15-16 conference, "Central and South Asia: regional dependence. Threats and opportunities", convened on initiative of Uzbek president.

bneGREEN: BlackRock raises $250mn to fund climate transition in emerging markets

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 13, 2021

BlackRock has raised $250mn from a consortium of ten institutional investors, governments and charities for its flagship blended finance fund, which aims to help emerging market economies reduce carbon emissions.

bneGREEN: EU carbon pricing set for radical reforms

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 13, 2021

The European Commission is to publish legislation on July 14 that will detail the EU’s plans, dubbed “Fit for 55,” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% from 1990 levels by 2030 as part of wider reforms to European energy and climate laws.

Kremlin holds Afghan peace talks with Taliban in Moscow

Ben Aris in Berlin July 12, 2021

The delegation of top fighters turned up saying the Taliban already controls most of Afghanistan.

Perspectives - What to expect from the new Iranian president – a view from the Caucasus

Eldar Mamedov political adviser to the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament July 8, 2021

The election of a hardliner could augur a more security-oriented approach by Tehran toward Armenia and Azerbaijan.

bneGREEN: What is green?

bne IntelliNews July 6, 2021

Defining green energy and indeed green investments is not an exact science, Determining just how green each of the various energy sources are gets complicated once you start digging into the details.

Iran shuts down several cities as coronavirus 'fifth wave' hits

bne IntelliNews July 5, 2021

Tehran and several other cities across Iran have been told to close non-essential businesses and services in a bid to deal with the latest so-called fifth wave of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus vaccine tourism from Iran to Armenia explodes

Daniel Rad in Dublin July 5, 2021

Armenia has seen a marked increase in Iranians crossing the border of the country to get vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19) in recent weeks, Tik reported on July 4.

bneGREEN: Hydro’s elderly turbines need fresh investment to contribute to net zero

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 30, 2021

Hydro needs new investment to replace elderly infrastructure and accelerate the road to net zero, the IEA says.

bneGREEN: the climbing cost of carbon

Richard Lockhart June 25, 2021

The cost of joining the global movement towards net zero is not yet fully known, and both governments and corporations with the highest levels of both greenhouse gas emissions and energy intensity face the highest costs for carbon.

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