Environment Events

The Sahel, Beyond the Headlines: Population, Environment, and Security Dynamics

May 12, 2015 // 9:30am5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Speakers from the Sahel and US-based experts will engage in solutions-oriented policy dialogues that address demographic trends, reproductive health, food security, and peacebuilding. Additional cross-cutting themes throughout the discussion will include gender, youth, and health.
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Canadian Hydropower and the Clean Power Plan

April 29, 2015 // 9:00am11:30am
Canada Institute
This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to unveil its final rule for existing power plants as part of the Clean Power Plan. Hydropower, a zero-emission, dispatchable, base-load power source makes up more than half of renewable electricity generation in the United States. Canada supplies the United States with approximately 32 TWh of hydropower with room for significant additional expansion. Linked to the U.S. electricity grid through dozens of connections, Canadian hydropower exports have the potential to play an important role as states seek to reduce power sector emissions to comply with the Clean Power Plan.
Webcast

The Future of Renewable Energy and Climate Change Policy in Mexico

April 28, 2015 // 9:00am10:30am
Mexico Institute
The Mexico Institute is delighted to host Mexico’s Under Secretary of Energy Planning and Transition, Leonardo Beltrán, who will speak on both Mexico’s energy reform process and the prospects for renewable energy and carbon gas emissions reductions. At the same time, we are proud to launch our new publication “Renewable Energy in Mexico’s Northern Border Region,” which analyzes the current renewable energy situation in the north of the country and potential opportunities to engage in a productive relationship with the private and the public sectors in the United States.

Nudging Our Way towards Energy Efficiency: Psychology, Behavior and the Environment

April 23, 2015 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Science and Technology Innovation Program
Even as society seeks to improve overall energy efficiency, we make individual decisions every day that have a wasteful effect on our energy use, from driving rather than walking short distances to leaving our computers on when not in use. Please join us for a candid discussion about how psychology and behavioral economics can begin to address our most pressing energy and environmental challenges – and how this can potentially improve policy choices in government and beyond.

China and Latin America: Seeking a Path to Sustainable Development

April 16, 2015 // 10:00am12:00pm
China Environment Forum
The rise of China has been a boon to the economies of Latin America for more than a decade with Chinese investment being particularly active in the energy and mining sectors.
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Southern European Energy Corridor: Status, Prospects and Geopolitics

April 14, 2015 // 2:30pm4:30pm
Global Europe Program
New pipelines are carrying natural gas and oil from the Caspian and Russia to Turkey and beyond to Europe. In this southern European landscape, pipeline proposals like Nabucco and South Stream have given way to more focused initiatives, including the Southern Corridor Pipeline and a newly proposed “Turkish Stream” to parallel the Blue Stream pipeline from Russia across the Black Sea to Turkey. At stake is the energy security of Central and Eastern Europe, which historically have depended almost entirely on Russia for their energy supplies.

A Path to Win the War on Pollution? Environmental Law Reform in China

April 14, 2015 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
The pressure on polluters in China is likely to intensify with the revisions of the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Law and moving towards the creation of a national framework for emissions trading.
Webcast

Islands as Champions of Resilience

March 25, 2015 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
In contrast to the common narrative of small-island states being among the most vulnerable to climate change, their growing experience in climate-compatible development, disaster prevention, and coordinating information and aid in new ways may be a valuable asset, said panelists at the Wilson Center on March 25.

Global Trends, Local Stories: New Films on India and Ethiopia

March 24, 2015 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
On March 24, the DC Environmental Film Festival comes to the Wilson Center for the Washington, DC, premieres of two new short documentaries from ECSP, “Broken Landscape” and “Paving the Way.” Filmmaker and ECSP Multimedia Producer Sean Peoples will describe his journey from the eroded gullies of Ethiopia to the rat-hole mines of northeastern India during a panel discussion led by the Wilson Center’s Roger-Mark De Souza, with observations from Sierra Club's Kim Lovell and World Resources Institute's Ferzina Banaji.
Webcast

The UN Sustainable Development Goals: 17 Goals or One?

March 18, 2015 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
The proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), being developed by the world community under the auspices of the UN, provide benchmarks for eradicating poverty, protecting the environment, and empowering people and communities. Join us as speakers from USAID, the World Resources Institute, and George Mason University discuss the current state of the SDGs and the challenges and opportunities for comprehensively pursuing the sustainable development goals.

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