Water Events

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.
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

Meeting the North American Energy Infrastructure Challenge

March 07, 2013 // 9:00am12:00pm
Canada Institute
Our distinguished panel discussed the various methods for energy transportation, the regulatory and legal issues involved in building energy infrastructure, and the environmental and safety risks associated with these projects.
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.
Webcast

Strengthening Responses to Climate Variability in South Asia

February 07, 2013 // 9:00am10:30am
Environmental Change and Security Program
Climate change and conflict can create a self-reinforcing feedback loop: Climate change exacerbates existing conflicts, while conflict makes adapting to climate change more difficult, said Janani Vivekananda of International Alert at the Wilson Center on February 7. She presented the results of nine case studies conducted in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal to find how communities are affected by and adapting to climate change in conflict-prone settings.
Webcast

Transboundary Environmental Security in the Mekong River Basin

December 06, 2012 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
Existing, planned and under construction dams in the Mekong River Basin look like domino game. Dams are but one major pressure on ecosystems in the basin, where resource provision and water management are increasing and projected to worsen over the next several decades. Many of these issues cross state borders and the data are clear: state unilateralism cannot solve transboundary problems.
Webcast

Book Launch: The Global Farms Race -- Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Former Soviet Union

December 04, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Asia Program
The launch of a new book on arguably one of the world's most underreported trends: The acquisition, by nations and private investors, of vast expanses of precious farmland overseas.

In the People’s Interest: Openings for Pollution Public Interest Law Cases in China

November 27, 2012 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
China recently amended its civil procedure law to allow nongovernmental organizations to sue on behalf of the public interest. This provision could be transformative, and Chinese NGOs will have to learn quickly how to litigate public interest lawsuits. There has been only one public interest case brought by a grassroots NGO to look to and learn from so far: a pending case brought by two NGOs over illegal chromium pollution in Yunnan province. The speakers at this panel will discuss how and why public interest law has become a “hot” topic among the law, policy, and NGO communities. They will also analyze the implications of what we know about this case for future environmental public interest cases.

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