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Responding to Climate Change: Will New Warnings Lead to Action?

Nov 14, 2014
With every new report issued, increasingly dire warnings about present and future threats posed by a warming planet suggest a more vigorous response than has been seen to date. Political action has been slowed or stymied by ideological debates that have little to do with the world of science or realities on the ground. Such inaction raises questions about whether any sector of society is adequately responding to the challenge or if there is even time to do so. A new round of international meetings will soon begin. In anticipation of those efforts, and in response to recent reports, Roger-Mark De Souza provides insight into what to expect and describes issues that should be part of the agenda moving forward.
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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.

Could a U.S.-India Climate Deal Be Next?

Nov 12, 2014
"13 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities are in India, with New Delhi at No. 1. Could the U.S. and India reach a climate deal similar to the new U.S.-China deal?" writes Michael Kugelman.
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Peace via H2O: Cooperation and a Most Critical Resource

Nov 10, 2014
Many fear that competition for fresh water will increasingly lead to conflict as the world’s most essential resource becomes more scarce. But a project involving Palestinian, Israeli, and Jordan youth, emanating from a region fraught with conflict, represents the possibility for cooperation instead of conflict. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.
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Making Connections: 20 Years of Environmental Change and Security

Oct 14, 2014
Twenty years ago, many of the key environmental issues of the day, and their implications for national and global security, were too often discussed in isolation. Silo walls were rarely breached, and key players in the public and private sectors did not engage on a regular basis. Enter the Environmental Change and Security Program of the Wilson Center, an undertaking specifically designed to make connections between those that can achieve more working together than would ever be possible while acting separately. An all-star panel looks back at what's been achieved while also assessing the challenges that lie ahead.

Cautious Optimism: China’s Nuclear Energy Safety Measures Improving

Oct 06, 2014
Motivated in part by mounting public pressure to cut down on the smog created by more than 600 coal-fired power plants, China’s nuclear energy capacity is growing faster than any other country in the world.
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Environmental Change and Security: A Look Back and Ahead With the Founder

Oct 03, 2014
For 20 years, the Environmental Change and Security Program has brought together a wide range of communities that do not always interact with one another to create new connections and discuss some of the most critical challenges facing the world today. We recently spoke with the program’s founding director, P.J. Simmons, and asked him to provide both a history lesson and a look forward.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner was Interviewed by BBC on UN New York Climate Conference

Sep 30, 2014
On Sep 28, CEF Director Jennifer Turner was interviewed by BBC In the Balance with other environmental experts discussing about global warming. During the interview, Turner commented on China's efforts and ambitions of curbing carbon emission and expanding renewable energy, as well as its water-energy-agriculture nexus.

Lee Hamilton on the 20th Anniversary of the Environmental Change and Security Program

Sep 17, 2014
“The Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program was one of the first to recognize the critical connections between the environment, population dynamics, and security,” says former Wilson Center President and Director Lee Hamilton on the 20th anniversary of the program.

Jane Harman on the 20th Anniversary of the Environmental Change and Security Program

Sep 17, 2014
“The Environmental Change and Security Program is one of the most innovative programs here at the Wilson Center,” says President and CEO Jane Harman on the 20th anniversary of the program. “The program’s hallmark has been content that brings timely analysis to new audiences in new ways."

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