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The Future of Data

The Future of Data

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Data will drive our reality in the coming decades, but it will remain highly susceptible to manipulation, government control and misuse – even as it becomes more ubiquitous.     Rapid evolution of the online environment to “the metaverse” will take the use of data to shape our reality to new levels, bringing with it new legal, regulatory and privacy concerns.   Lack of data literacy will lead […]
Corporations and Climate

Corporations and Climate

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The Sputtering Environmental Recovery Companies and governments will increase efforts to address environmental problems this year, but deeply complex challenges and major electoral contests in 2022 will limit success. Efforts to address major environmental challenges will be undermined by political divisions, lack of enforcement capability and the need for radical shifts in business models to […]
2022: The View from Washington DC

2022: The View from Washington DC

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A White House Correspondent Looks at the Year Ahead… Some progress in Congress is possible while the President’s slim majority exists, but legislative and regulatory inertia brought on by a sharply divided Democratic and Republican party in an election year will be the order of the day in Washington this year.  Republicans will almost certainly regain a majority in the […]
Introduction to the 2022 Strategic Intelligence Estimate

Introduction to the 2022 Strategic Intelligence Estimate

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A note from ERI Executive Leadership Looking Forward after Another Year of Uncertainty Every September, since we began putting together a Strategic Intelligence Estimate (SIE) ahead of the new year, we have debated internally whether it is worth the effort. And this year was different only in that we had to take a very hard […]
Seabed Mining: Will the Drive for EV Battery Materials Wreck the Ocean Environment?

Seabed Mining: Will the Drive for EV Battery Materials Wreck the Ocean Environment?

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As the International Seabed Authority (ISA) struggles to regulate seabed mining under a 2023 deadline, corporations and nations are squaring off over the environmental and economic stakes amid rising demand for the metals needed for electric vehicle (EV) batteries and renewable energy technologies.   Why It Matters:   One of the key challenges to keeping up with demand for electric vehicles and renewable energy, both of which are surging as the world seeks […]
Disrupting the Friendly Skies

Disrupting the Friendly Skies

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United States/ Global: Airline CEOs met in Boston starting on Sunday, October 3 to discuss the future of the industry amid existential problems including flagging business travel and the industry’s collective impact on climate change.  Industry challenges facing air travel reflect a high-profile version of the convergence of strategic and tactical risk management problems facing […]
Looking at COVID-19’s Declining Mortality Rate

Looking at COVID-19’s Declining Mortality Rate

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June 26, 2020 – This week’s Situation Room dashboard takes a look at the mortality rate of COVID-19 and examines an apparent decline in the numbers. While there is some volatility at the onset of outbreaks, mortality differs most significantly between countries and regions rather than a declining much over time. Thus the change in observed […]

Seven Deadly Sins of Private Sector Intelligence

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The craft of intelligence is part art and part science. As the world grows smaller, through technology and the ability to virtually reach across the globe in seconds, our ethics, tradecraft and tools risk becoming more controversial. As private sector intelligence professionals, our work should not be as fraught as that of our government counterparts – but at times it can […]
ERI Staff Blog: Coronavirus and Supply Chain Consolidation Risk

ERI Staff Blog: Coronavirus and Supply Chain Consolidation Risk

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What do US meatpacking and global fashion have in common which drove their upheaval during the COVID-19 pandemic? Consolidation in both industries created an underlying fragility where a crisis could affect choke points and quickly reverberate through the entire value chain.
Dashboard of the Week: Energy Market Trends and The Push for Renewables

Dashboard of the Week: Energy Market Trends and The Push for Renewables

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With projections of a record decline in global energy demand and emissions this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this week’s dashboard examines trends in the global energy market, historic data on emissions during global recessions and the status of the turn to renewable energy sources. The pandemic is impacting energy demand, use and policies […]

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