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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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Food Security & Population Dynamics in the Sahel

Feb 06, 2015
Africa’s Sahel region is one of the most harsh environments on the planet with one of the highest birth rates as well. Food security, particularly when combined with population dynamics and the impact of climate change, is a monumental challenge. The Wilson Center’s Roger-Mark De Souza just returned from Niger, where he met with experts from a variety of countries for the purpose of identifying what works and what doesn’t. We discuss what he learned in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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
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World Population is Growing, but the Earth is Not: What is the Key to a Sustainable Future?

Dec 05, 2014
Population growth is speeding toward a number between 10 and 12 billion humans by the end of the century. That rate of growth makes the challenge of building a sustainable future a daunting task. But important research presented in a new book, “World Population and Human Capital in the 21st Century,” suggests that population growth projections overlook one crucial variable that could prove to be the ultimate game changer
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Preserving the Amazon: A Race Against Time

Nov 13, 2014
Researchers from the United States and the state of São Paulo met at a FAPESP (Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo) symposium in Washington, DC to present the latest findings from their studies of the Amazon. The “FAPESP-U.S. Collaborative Research on the Amazon” meeting was organized in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Brazil Institute of the Wilson Center. One of the featured speakers was noted biodiversity expert, Tom Lovejoy. We spoke with him about the state of the Amazon and efforts to preserve its endangered ecosystem.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner was Interviewed by Vice News on China’s Air Pollution from Coal-burning

Nov 11, 2014
CEF Director, Jennifer Turner was quoted in a Vice News report on coal burning’s impacts on public health in China. Turner emphasized the coal-water choke points in the world’s second largest economy and that a quarter of China's electricity, mainly generated by coal, goes to making products for export.
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Environmental Change and Security: A Look Back and Ahead With the Founder

Oct 03, 2014
In this Context interview, P.J. Simmons, founder of the Environmental Change and Security Program, discussed the history behind the program and a look forward.

Surf and Turf: The Environmental Impacts of China’s Growing Appetite for Pork and Seafood

May 08, 2014
Half the world’s pigs – 476 million – reside in China. Increasingly prosperous consumers are eating fewer grains and demanding a more protein-rich diet, ballooning the pork industry to 15 times its 1960s-era size. In the last 30 years, Chinese demand for meat has quadrupled and China is now the largest consumer of seafood in the world.

Latin American Program in the News: "Analyst urges broader look at Amazon oil resources' local impacts"

Mar 24, 2014
This article discusses the Latin American Program event "Oil Sparks in the Amazon: Local Conflicts, Indigenous Populations, and Natural Resources."

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