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Are We Keeping up With Asia’s Urbanization?

Feb 19, 2015
There is widespread agreement, and untold publications, that argue urbanization is the defining issue of our time. There are more cities, both large and small, and more people living in those cities than anytime in human history.
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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.

Robin Bronen: To Help Alaskans Adapt, Make it Easier to Relocate

Jan 30, 2015
“Human rights and climate change are completely interlinked,” says Robin Bronen in this week’s podcast, and “climate change is happening in Alaska faster than anywhere else on the planet.”

CEF Associate, Susan Chan Shifflett, Quoted by Politico on Future China-US Apple Trade

Jan 13, 2015
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is ramping up talks with China, the world’s largest producer of apples, to allow both countries to ship more of the produce item across borders. CEF Associate, Susan Chan-Shifflett is quoted in this Politico Article to point out that the U.S. is consuming large amount of apple juice concentrate imported from China.
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Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

Jan 05, 2015
According to author, journalist, and professor Alan Weisman everyone “is addicted to energy and food,” and more people equals resources stretched beyond capacity. In this Context interview about his new book, Weisman tackles the big issue of population growth and the one x-factor he believes holds the key to a sustainable future.

Roger-Mark De Souza on Population Growth and Climate Change in Newsweek

Dec 19, 2014
As part of its Silver Bullet series, Newsweek Magazine spoke to Roger-Mark De Souza about population growth and climate change. On the one hand, De Souza told Newsweek, population growth inevitably impacts how vulnerable a community, state, or country is to climate change. And yet, he said, climate policies and initiatives rarely take population issues, like voluntary access to reproductive health services and family planning, into consideration.

Resource Media: Starting to break the “green ceiling”

Dec 17, 2014
This summer, a comprehensive report found that environmental organizations and agencies have yet to break down the 12-16% “green ceiling” for recruiting and retaining people of color to their staff. At a panel discussion of the Green 2.0 report held at the National Press Club, ECSP Director Roger-Mark De Souza said, ““Diversity of perspective, of approach, of experience, matters. That difference makes all the difference.”

Roger-Mark De Souza on Linking Climate, Security and Development to Fragility in Haiti

Dec 12, 2014
As part of the Fall 2014 Haiti Dialogue Series organized by the Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program, Roger-Mark de Souza joined a group of faculty, researchers, students and policymakers to discuss the latest research linking climate change, natural hazards, development and fragility in Haiti.
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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

Pulitzer Center: "How to Protect Women in Times of Crisis" on MHI Event

Dec 03, 2014
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting recently covered MHI's event about maternal health and gender-based violence in crisis settings.

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Experts & Staff

  • Roger-Mark De Souza // Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Wilson Center
  • Blair A. Ruble // Vice President for Programs; Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory; and Senior Advisor, Kennan Institute
  • Jennifer L. Turner // Director, China Environment Forum & Manager, Global Choke Point Initiative
  • Sandeep Bathala // Senior Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative
  • Thea Cooke // Program Assistant
  • Allison Garland // Program Associate, Urban Sustainability Laboratory
  • Lauren Herzer // Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Schuyler Null // Web Editor and Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative
  • Meaghan Parker // Senior Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Sean Peoples // Multimedia Producer and Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Susan Chan Shifflett // Associate, China Environment Forum