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Let's Celebrate the 45th Earth Day — and Tackle climate change — by thinking both big and small.

Apr 22, 2015
"When Earth Day was first celebrated 45 years ago, it helped inspire big solutions to a daunting domestic agenda to fix significantly impaired air and water. The U.S. and the world seemed prepared to think — and act — big. But for climate change, we need to think big and small," writes Ruth Greenspan Bell and Elke Weber.

How America Can Step Up Its Leadership Role in the Arctic

Apr 21, 2015
"A key question for the United States is whether the current complex geopolitical environment and tense atmosphere in Russian relations with the West will impinge future Arctic cooperation." writes James F. Collins.

"Broken Landscape" Featured as an Editor's Pick at The Atlantic

Apr 21, 2015
China Environment Forum's short film "Broken Landscape" has been selected as an Editor's Pick over at The Atlantic. The film examines how a dangerous type of coal mining has impacted communities and the environment in Northeastern India.

Roger-Mark De Souza on Building Political Will for Integrated Development

Apr 21, 2015
Earlier this month, Roger-Mark De Souza took part in an Aspen Institute roundtable on international climate negotiations, the Sustainable Development Goals, and reproductive health and rights. Women are essential to meeting climate and development goals, and yet all too often their needs - especially their sexual and reproductive health and rights - are secondary in these discussions.
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A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate Change

Apr 20, 2015
“A New Climate for Change: Taking Action on Climate Change and Fragility Risk,” is the name of an independent report commissioned by G7 members. The report says that climate change is “a global threat to security” and goes on to suggest that “we must act quickly to limit future risks to the planet we share and the to the peace we seek.” We spoke to one of the report’s contributing authors to learn more about the challenges presented. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Climate Change & Fragility as a Foreign Policy Priority: A New G7 Report

Apr 15, 2015
At the close of a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Lübeck today, a new independent report titled "A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks" was released. The report, co-authored by the Wilson Center, recommends concrete actions that foreign ministers can take to increase the resilience of fragile and conflict-affected states to climate-related security risks.

INFOGRAPHIC: Conquering China’s Sludge Mountains

Apr 10, 2015
While Chinese officials make full frontal regulatory attacks on smog, untreated sludge, an often toxic byproduct from sewage treatment, continues to quietly spread into groundwater and contaminate soil and food.

Yemen’s Other Crisis

Apr 10, 2015
"Saudi Arabia is maintaining its air offensive in Yemen, and Houthi rebels continue to stage assaults. But another crisis is raging in Yemen that could pose an existential threat to one of the world’s most troubled nations," writes Michael Kugelman.

Two Decades Trying to Solve China’s Environmental Problems: An Interview With WWF’s Tao Hu

Apr 08, 2015
Despite some critics, the U.S.-China agreement over carbon emissions achieved last November has sparked remarkable optimism in global climate negotiations. It’s also opened the door to new bilateral engagement between the U.S. and Chinese environmental communities on other issues, including China’s massive air pollution problems (16 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities are in China).

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