2012 National Council for Science and Environment Conference on Environment and Security [Ronald Reagan Building]
January 18, 2012 // 8:00am — January 20, 2012 // 2:15pm
The environment impacts human health in many ways - through air and water quality; providing vectors for infectious diseases; and exposure to toxics used for many purposes, including (ironically) for increasing the safety of food and water. These are just a few. Changing environmental conditions lead to changing health threats. Health threats on a large scale can quickly become security issues as populations begin to move or as nations erect barriers to real or perceived external threats. Large scale health threats can arise from large scale environmental changes, from new pandemics with environmental vectors, or in stressed communities with limited health services.
Stepping Lighter? Environmental and Social Impacts of China’s Overseas Oil, Mineral, and Gas Investments
January 13, 2012 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
To get the New Year rolling here at the Wilson Center, we start off with a CEF meeting on Friday January 13th (10:00-12:00) discussing the drivers and ecological impacts of China’s overseas investments in the oil and mining sectors. Our three speakers—Erica Downs (Brookings); Adina Matisoff (Friends of Earth); and Derek Scissors (The Heritage Foundation)—will share case studies and insights into Chinese investments in oil and minerals, as well as trends in China Development Bank loans and the financing of energy projects overseas.
January 11, 2012 // 7:00pm — January 12, 2012 // 7:00pm
Each year Population Institute honors journalists, filmmakers, radio and television show hosts, and editorial cartoonists from around the world who write about population issues. The awards are designed to promote accurate and broader media coverage of population and development issues. 2011 marks the 32nd year for the Global Media Awards.
January 11, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Each year, 350,000 women die of pregnancy-related causes and 25 percent of these women are between the ages of 15 and 19. Sadia Chowdhury from the World Bank and Jennifer Redner of the International Women’s Health Coalition highlight the need for repositioning maternal health and adolescent girls on the world’s development agenda.
January 11, 2012 // 9:30am — 11:15am
As the Council of Women World Leaders celebrates its 15th anniversary and a move to The Wilson Center, Finnish President Tarja Halonen, former Irish President Mary Robinson, and U.N. Special Representative Margot Wallstrom share their stories for the next generation.
Political Demography: How Population Changes Are Reshaping International Security and National Politics
January 10, 2012 // 12:00pm — 5:00pm
“The world’s population is changing in ways that are historically unprecedented,” said Jack Goldstone, co-editor of the new book, "Political Demography: How Population Changes Are Reshaping International Security and National Politics."
December 19, 2011 // 9:00am — 11:45am
Experts discuss new and existing research that shows how climate change could potentially contribute to armed conflict or violent social unrest.
December 15, 2011 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Join us on December 15 for the launch of "Delivering Solutions: Advancing Dialogue To Improve Maternal Health," which captures and synthesizes the recommendations of the Wilson Center's Maternal Health Dialogue Series.
December 15, 2011 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
With donor countries' budgets constrained,alternative financing sources for development are gaining some momentum, inside and outside the climate negotiations context.
December 14, 2011 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Opportunities among government and business to partner in support of sustainable design are vast and growing. Martha Johnson, GSA Administrator, will explore how $65 billion and 360 million square feet of federal real estate can become a zero environmental footprint that will reduce waste, support innovation, and boost efficiency.