Environmental Security Events

Extreme Realities: Severe Weather, Climate Change, and Our National Security [Screening]

November 06, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Over the past year, the defense and intelligence communities have issued a slew of reports making it clear that climate change is here and having real impacts on national security. In a new documentary narrated by Matt Damon, Extreme Realities: Severe Weather, Climate Change, and Our National Security, producers Marilyn and Hal Weiner talk with experts like former CIA Director James Woolsey about climate change, how it could impact national security, and what policymakers can do about it.
Webcast

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.
Webcast

What’s Next? Celebrating 20 Years of the Environmental Change and Security Program

September 18, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Please join us on September 18 as we celebrate 20 years of exploring the intersection of environmental security, population dynamics, and resilience. Andrew Revkin, columnist for The New York Times, will moderate a panel featuring three current and former ECSP directors alongside three renowned experts from the environment, security, and population and reproductive health sectors.

Dealing with a Toxic Legacy: Soil Pollution in China

September 18, 2014 // 9:00am10:30am
China Environment Forum
At this meeting Isabel Hilton (chinadialogue) will draw on new chinadialogue reporting on the causes and impacts of soil pollution in Hunan and other provinces. She will also highlight some of the researchers and NGOs investigating and promoting transparency on soil pollution. Qing Wang (World Bank) will discuss new World Bank projects that focus on soil clean-up of industrial sites across China and helping industrial parks better manage their waste.
Webcast

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.
Webcast

National Security and Climate Change: What Do We Need to Know?

July 29, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
The effects of climate change “are here now” and pose a “serious challenge” for the United States, said Alice Hill, White House senior advisor for preparedness and resilience.
Webcast

Environmental Dimensions of Sustainable Recovery: Learning From Post-Conflict & Disaster Response

June 25, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Environmental Change and Security Program
“Environmental specialists need to change,” said Anita van Breda at the Wilson Center on June 25. “In the new normal, our work has to have a different relevancy.”

Protecting the Russian Environment: Challenges, Attitudes, and Public Health

June 10, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
Russia is home to some of the world’s most polluted industrial sites, and Russians themselves are commonly perceived as ambivalent about steps necessary to protect the environment, especially if such steps might come at the cost of jobs. The speakers assessed current social concern in Russia over the environment, with particular attention paid to regional differences.

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.
Webcast

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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