Climate News

Telling Tales of Complex Connections

Apr 01, 2015
On March 24 we hosted the DC Environmental Film Festival to screen two new documentaries, each telling local stories of global trends. SPSS Blog, the weekly blog of the Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy journal, came to the Wilson Center to cover the event.
Image of Cartagena Colombia - via Wikimedia Commons

Event Summary: Climate Change Adaptation, Urban Planning, and the Private Sector in Colombia

Mar 31, 2015
Summary and materials from the event, "Cambio Climatico y Planificacion Territorio: Casos de Estudio de Adaptacion en Politicas Urabanas y Sector Privado" in Bogota, Colombia.
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Island Communities: Resilience in the Face of Climate Change

Mar 27, 2015
While there’s no doubt that rising sea levels and other implications of climate change pose serious threats to island nations, it is also true that such locales have much experience adapting to harsh environments. Roger-Mark De Souza suggests that we can learn from island communities and that they have the potential to be “champions of resilience.” That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Roger-Mark De Souza on Population Growth and Sustainable Development

Feb 05, 2015
Population and the environment are clearly linked, but it’s not a simple equation of fewer people = fewer problems. Roger-Mark DeSouza, director of population, environmental security, and resilience for the Wilson Center, draws the line between population and every other important issue currently facing humans — climate change, urban development, global politics, poverty, the gender gap, and more — in this in-depth interview.

China's Hottest Tech Giants Join the 'War on Pollution'

Jan 31, 2015
"While the government struggles to keep the country’s airways clean, these companies are enabling ordinary Chinese citizens to take environmental health into their own hands," writes Susan Chan Shifflett.

The Pressing Need to Define U.S. Arctic Interests

Jan 30, 2015
"The leadership role for the Arctic Council, while important in its own right, offers the United States an opportunity to define its Arctic national interests and develop appropriate policies with local stakeholders," writes David Biette and Anita Parlow

Robin Bronen: To Help Alaskans Adapt, Make it Easier to Relocate

Jan 30, 2015
“Human rights and climate change are completely interlinked,” says Robin Bronen in this week’s podcast, and “climate change is happening in Alaska faster than anywhere else on the planet.”

Clearing the Air: Is Natural Gas a Game Changer for Coal in China?

Jan 22, 2015
On the heels of a landmark U.S.-China climate agreement, 2015 will be a critical year for China’s environmental and energy policy. A revised and much stricter Environmental Protection Law went into force on January 1; new amendments to the Air Pollution Law are likely to be put in place; and the National Development and Reform Commission will draft a new five-year plan. A monumental shift from coal to natural gas is achievable and necessary.
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The Most Underreported News Stories of 2014

Jan 08, 2015
Every year there are major events around the world that fly under the mainstream media’s radar despite their seminal impact. Four Wilson Center scholars who are also leading journalists from some of the world’s largest media organizations tell us what they consider to be the most underreported news stories of 2014.
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Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

Jan 05, 2015
According to author, journalist, and professor Alan Weisman everyone “is addicted to energy and food,” and more people equals resources stretched beyond capacity. In this Context interview about his new book, Weisman tackles the big issue of population growth and the one x-factor he believes holds the key to a sustainable future.

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