Environmental Security News

At the Desert’s Edge’ Gives a Glimpse of China’s Massive Desertification Challenge

Jul 03, 2013
At the Desert’s Edge, a new short documentary from the Asia Society and filmmaker Jonah Kessel, explains the challenges and efforts to combat desertification in Kulun Qi, a dry area in northeastern Inner Mongolia.

Wilson Center and Circle of Blue Release Multimedia Report on India's Water, Food, Energy Nexus

Jun 11, 2013
"Choke Point: India" finds that achieving food abundance is overwhelming India's mammoth and unwieldy bureaucracy, draining its freshwater reserves, and straining the energy sector and electrical grid.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Testified in Front of Congressional-Executive Commission on China

May 28, 2013
On May 21, 2013 CEF director Jennifer Turner testified in front of the Congressional Executive Commission on China’s hearing on “Food and Drug and Safety, Public Heath, and the Environment in China.”

Roger-Mark De Souza Named Director of Population, Environmental Change, and Security

Apr 22, 2013
Noted population-environment expert Roger-Mark De Souza joins the Wilson Center as Director of Population, Environmental Change, and Security. De Souza will lead programs on reproductive and maternal health, environmental security, and livelihoods, including the Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and the Global Health Initiative.

Jennifer Turner to be on Dialogue at the Wilson Center

Apr 18, 2013
This week's "Dialogue at the Wilson Center" will focus on China's rise and the environmental implications of its rapid growth. Host John Milewski will speak with CEF Director Jennifer Turner and Craig Simons, author of the book, The Devouring Dragon: How China’s Rise Threatens Our Natural World.

Global Choke Point: Confronting Energy Demand and Water Scarcity in China and the United States

Apr 01, 2013
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.

CEF Work on West-East Electricity Transfer Cited by Bloomberg Businessweek

Mar 22, 2013
Bloomberg Businessweek recently published an article inspired by and citing work done by the China Environment Forum on the West-East Electricity Transfer Project.

Goldilocks Had It Right: How to Build Resilient Societies in the 21st Century

Mar 13, 2013
Some people, communities, and nations are able to weather and rebound from substantial shocks; they are, in a word, resilient. But what exactly does that mean? What characteristics confer resilience, and how can they be cultivated?
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Map: China's West-East Electricity Transfer Project

Feb 19, 2013
CEF is proud to announce that we are launching our first interactive infographic – a map of China’s West-East Electricity Transfer Project. The map underscores China’s energy and water imbalances and the looming choke point China faces in terms of water, food, and energy security. The map also illustrates how consumer goods made in China’s factories along its eastern coast are powered by coal and hydropower in the country’s western provinces.
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CES 12 Preview: Sustainable Coffee Growing in Yunnan

Feb 19, 2013
Yunnan is a microcosm of the intertwined challenges facing China; climate change, strained water resources, and rising energy and food demand to meet the demands of the world’s largest country are together forming a Choke Point that cannot be ignored. In a striking example of one such growing water-energy-food choke point, Yunnan's Nuozhadu Dam on the Mekong River is located in Pu'er, the epicenter of Yunnan's coffee growing boom. Yunnan's looming threats of drought, dams, development, and deforestation are making the need for sustainable water practices, like those in Starbucks' C.A.F.E. Practices, all the more urgent.

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