Environmental Security Events

A Briefing on the Niger Delta: Where Things Stand

April 26, 2013 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Africa Program
Contrary to the deadly and deeply troubling situation in northern Nigeria and parts of the Middle Belt, ongoing insecurity, abductions, and politically-motivated violence in the oil-producing Niger Delta, a hotbed of unrest and instability just a few years ago, seems to be abating.

IN DENVER, COLORADO - Global Choke Point: Confronting Energy Demand and Water Scarcity in China and the United States

April 11, 2013 // 5:00pm7:00pm
China Environment Forum
China’s soaring economy, fueled by an unyielding appetite for coal, is threatened by the country's steadily diminishing freshwater reserves. The United States faces similar water-energy confrontations—over millions of gallons of water are taken from ranchers to develop the deep oil and gas shale reserves of the west and there are battles between Georgia and Florida over diminishing drinking water reserves. Global Choke Point, though, is not necessarily a narrative of doom and gloom. The presentations will examine both the challenges and opportunities presented by these looming choke points.

What Does It Take to Cooperate? New Tools for Transboundary Water Cooperation

April 11, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
Environmental Change and Security Program
Water is the foundation of human society and will become even more critical as population growth, development, and climate change put pressure on already-shrinking water resources in the years ahead. But will this scarcity fuel conflict between countries with shared waters, as some have predicted, or will it create more impetus for cooperation?
Webcast

Climate Change and Extreme Weather: Impacts on Public Health and Agriculture

April 10, 2013 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Brazil Institute
On April 10, the Wilson Center brings together a panel to discuss how climate change is affecting public health and agriculture.

The Devouring Dragon: How China’s Rise Threatens Our Natural World

April 04, 2013 // 9:00am10:30am
China Environment Forum
While China’s rise is often viewed through its wide-ranging political and economic effects on the world, its growing impacts on the physical planet will leave a more permanent legacy. In his new book, The Devouring Dragon, Craig Simons argues that China’s growing consumer demands have pushed China from being a small player in global resource consumption to its most voracious participant in just a decade. China’s transition is already having massive impacts on the environment.

Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War

March 27, 2013 // 10:30am12:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
While there has been much research on the effect of valuable natural resource extraction on a state’s domestic development (e.g., the “resource curse”), Wilson Center Fellow Jeff Colgan focuses on how natural resource extraction affects foreign policy. In 'Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War,' Colgan finds that “petrostates” – countries where revenue from oil exports exceeds 10 percent of GDP – are twice as likely to engage in inter-state conflict than non-petrostates.
Webcast

Environmental Film Festival: PHE in Tanzania & International Peace Parks

March 19, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Environmental security and international development aren’t typical movie-going fare, but at the 2013 DC Environmental Film Festival, ECSP premiered two short documentaries with unique environmental stories: ECSP's own 'Healthy People, Healthy Environment: Integrated Development in Tanzania' and 'Transcending Boundaries: Perspectives from the Central Albertine Rift Transfrontier Protected Area Network.'
Webcast

Shale Gas Revolution in China: Game Changer for Coal?

March 15, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
According to China’s 12th Fifth-Year Plan, the Chinese government is prioritizing more gas in the energy mix, using it as a “bridging” fuel between coal and a cleaner energy future. Although a shale and natural gas revolution is unlikely, at least in the short-term, these forms of energy offer promise of a more low-carbon development path for China.
Webcast
Podcast

Demographic & Environmental Dynamics Shape 'Global Trends 2030' Scenarios

February 26, 2013 // 10:00am12:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
The newest quadrennial report from the National Intelligence Council identifies the “game-changers, megatrends, and black swans” that may determine the trajectory of world affairs over the next 15 years, including population dynamics and natural resource scarcity.
Webcast

Climate Change and Migration in Mexico: A Report Launch

February 15, 2013 // 9:00am10:30am
Environmental Change and Security Program
The conversation around immigration and Mexico has long been tied to the United States and the prevailing economic conditions in both countries. But a new report from the Royal United Services Institute argues that as temperatures rise and precipitation patterns change over the course of the next century, climate too will increasingly become a driver of both internal and international migration in Mexico.

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