Climate Events

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The Future of Food, Climate, and the Natural World: A Conversation With Jonathan Foley

October 22, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Brazil Institute
On Wednesday, October 22, the Managing Our Planet series will sit down with newly appointed Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences Executive Director, Jonathan Foley.
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Africa's Stalled Fertility Transition: Causes, Cures, and Consequences?

October 15, 2014 // 1:00pm3:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
“Sub-Saharan Africa’s young people are in effect the global labor force of the future,” says Wilson Center Fellow Jack Goldstone. “Whether they are productive, how large that cohort turns out to be, whether they find work or not, is going to have a bearing, I think, on all of us.”
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What’s Next? Celebrating 20 Years of the Environmental Change and Security Program

September 18, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Global crises like the Ebola outbreak force us to consider what “security” really means, said Sharon Burke, senior advisor for the New America Foundation. “Is security getting our kids to school and food on the table…or are you talking about military security and defense threats that require a weapon to counter?”
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Preempting Environmental and Human Security Crises in Africa: Science-Based Planning for Climate Variability Threats

August 20, 2014 // 10:00am1:00pm
Africa Program
Development and poverty reduction are inextricably linked to the water, energy and security nexus in Africa. There was some consensus that the impact of climate variability and extreme climate events depends not only on the severity of the crisis, but also on the vulnerability of the affected population – which is correlated with the level of development along with governance and other socio-cultural factors. Just as poverty can put communities at an increased level of vulnerability, so can sustainable development lead to improvements in climate-resilience and human security.
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Silver Buckshot: Alternative Pathways Towards Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

June 24, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
In 1986, global nuclear weapons stockpiles peaked at nearly 70,000 warheads. By the beginning of 2013, there were just over 17,000, with only 4,400 kept operational. This dramatic reduction was the fruit of a negotiation process that began in the late 1940s. In spite of incredible tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, negotiators were able to make progress once they focused on building trust with small, pragmatic steps, rather than starting with the complete elimination of all weapons.

Where Is the Blue Carbon Going?

May 21, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Brazil Institute
On May 21, a panel of leading experts discussed the importance of blue carbon and the ramifications of its release.
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Raising the Bar for REDD+: Strengthening the Role of Women and Gender Equality

May 16, 2014 // 11:30am1:30pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Since 2005, the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program (REDD+) has functioned as a mechanism to financially incentivize the preservation of forestlands in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But beyond its original use, some organizations have also started exploring ways it can help with other development initiatives, like women’s empowerment.
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National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change

May 15, 2014 // 1:00pm2:30pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Climate change poses a serious threat to U.S. national security and is becoming a “catalyst for conflict” in vulnerable countries, according to a panel of retired military leaders.
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Why Do People Move? Research on Environmental Migration Coming of Age

May 14, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
When she finished her dissertation on migration as a response to climate change in 2003, it was one of only a handful of scholarly papers published on the topic that year, said Susana Adamo, an associate research scientist at Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network. But in the decade since, interest in climate migration has exploded – in 2012, more than 10 times as many papers were published.

Environmental Pressures on China’s Changing Cities and Countryside

April 23, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
China’s urban and rural areas are rapidly changing and are facing dire resource constraints. Cities and countryside both contribute to and are vulnerable to water pollution and scarcity, particularly in China’s dry north. At this CEF meeting, speakers will provide a comparative perspective of pollution, drought, and development challenges in China’s metropolitan and rural areas, particularly in the Gobi Desert region.

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