The Evening: Ukrainian Helicopter Crash, Greenland Warming Spike, Dear Mr. Fantasy, and More

Helicopter Crash in Ukraine

A helicopter carrying senior Ukrainian officials crashed on Wednesday in a Kyiv suburb, damaging a kindergarten and a residential tower and killing more than a dozen people, including Ukraine’s minister of internal affairs and other pivotal figures in the wartime leadership, as the NYT reports.

US’s Yellen and China’s Liu seek to ease concerns over economic tensions           

China has said it would welcome a visit by Janet Yellen this year after the US Treasury secretary met vice-premier Liu He in Zurich, marking the first top level economic meeting between the powers since Joe Biden took office, as the FT reports.

Sharp Greenland Warming Spike

A sharp spike in Greenland temperatures since 1995 showed the giant northern island 2.7 degrees (1.5 degrees Celsius) hotter than its 20th-century average, the warmest in more than 1,000 years, according to new ice core data released in a study by the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany, as the AP reports

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In That Number


Eighteen people, including Ukraine’s interior minister and three children, were killed after a helicopter crashed near a nursery school in Kyiv on Wednesday, officials said.

Source: Financial Times

Critical Quote

“We have now a clear signature of global warming.”

— Maria Hoerhold, Alfred Wegener Institute

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BP, Statistical Review of World Energy

As Ukraine rebuilds from a brutal war, Kyiv will position its gas resources and infrastructure as a potential asset for Europe’s energy security and energy transition. The CSIS Ukraine Economic Reconstruction Commission released a new brief: "The Role of Gas in Ukraine’s Energy Future."

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Photo by Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images

(Photo by Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images.) U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (R), Chinese vice-premier Liu He (L), and their respective delegations wait ahead of their meeting in Zurich on January 18, 2023. 

Recommended Reading

"2023 Policy Recommendations" by The George W. Bush Institute.

This Town Tomorrow

At 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program holds a discussion on the current and future state of the Russian economy under international sanctions.

Also at 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Commission on the Korean Peninsula hosts a conversation on the recommendations from their new report on North Korea policy & extended deterrence.

Later, at 12:00 p.m., CSIS senior associate Jacob Kurtzer joins Read for Action on Discord to discuss Exit West with authors, humanitarian experts, and readers across the world. 


This morning, the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security released Building the CDC the Country Needs, a detailed report with actionable recommendations for CDC’s performance in preventing and responding to dangerous outbreaks. Watch the full video here.



Last week, Ryan C. Berg sat down with Sunita Satyapal to unpack the role of hydrogen, the state of play in the Western Hemisphere, and actions the United States is taking to promote further hydrogen development.

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