Governments and militaries are coming to recognize the security risks posed by high population growth rates, which often correlate with poverty, poor governance, and conflict.
Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Jill Shankleman says Chinese state oil and mining companies have started to think about social responsibility as integral to long-term success and have begun implementing programs to help local communities affected by oil and mineral exploration.
Overexploiting natural resources can spur instability and conflict. A six-meeting series, "New Horizons at the Nexus of Conflict, Natural Resources, and Health," sponsored by the Environmental Change and Security Program and supported by USAID, explored ways to improve environmental management and reduce conflict.
DECEMBER 2008—Latest ECSP Report Covers New Security Issues: Environment, Population, and Health
DECEMBER 2008—Review of National Intelligence Council Report Calls for U.S. Leadership
DECEMBER 2008—"Connecting Sustainability and Health" Lecture Series Features Dabelko
Arid yet dependent upon agriculture, Pakistan is experiencing a potentially devastating water crisis. An expert panel assembled by the Wilson Center's Asia Program presented the different facets of the crisis, from scarcity to sanitation to inefficient usage, and examined possible responses.
NOVEMBER 2008—The Environmental Change and Security Program's blog, New Security Beat, has won a 2008 Global Media Award for Excellence in Population Reporting in the category of "Best Online Commentary." The project—which features analysis, podcasts, and video—joins a roster of winners that includes Reuters, CNN, and the BBC.
NOVEMBER 2008—Vancouver Conference Features "Poverty, Population Growth, and Consumerism" Theme
Close Quarters: Population-Climate Panel Draws Crowd at Society of Environmental Journalists' Annual ConferenceOct 23, 2008
OCTOBER 2008—Panel Is Unique in Focusing on Population