Environment Publications

In Search of Arctic Energy

Dec 10, 2013
A report by the Eurasia Group for the Wilson Center's Canada Institute. As climate change renders the Arctic increasingly accessible, there has been a substantial uptick in industry interest in the region; it is believed an estimated $100 billion could be invested in the Arctic over the next decade.The Arctic contains vast oil and natural gas reserves - the U.S. Geological Survey estimates the Arctic could contain 1,670 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas and 90 billion barrels of oil, or 30 percent of the world’s undiscovered gas and 13 percent of oil. Energy companies are certain to be at the forefront of Arctic development and investment. more

China Environment Series 12

Nov 04, 2013
China Environment Forum is proud to introduce China Environment Series 12, a new volume of our annual publication with a special focus on water and energy. CES 12 features a special review section on water-energy nexus challenges in China, a special focus section on China's troubled lakes, 8 commentaries, 7 feature boxes, and 4 spotlight articles discussing a wide variety of environmental and energy issues. more

Rock, Metal & Electronic

Oct 10, 2013
China's southwest Yunnan Province lies at the center of Beijing's "Go West" campaign. The province's hydropower, mining, and metallurgy industries, while a boon for the local economy in the short-term, are creating a vicious cycle that pollutes Yunnan’s air and water and threatens the ecosystem in this biodiverse-rich province. more

Fishing for Answers

Sep 13, 2013
This new research brief looks into an area of China's overseas environmental impact that has been rarely explored: distant water fishing. The brief examines international treaties, China's practice and players, as well as drivers of distant water fishing. It investigates Chinese fleets' environmental impact in west Africa, and suggests strategies for a better governance. more

Harvesting Peace: Food Security, Conflict, and Cooperation

Sep 10, 2013
This report explores the complex linkages between conflict and food security, drawing insights from scholarly work to help inform more effective programming for practitioners. Food insecurity both results from and contributes to repeated rounds of armed conflict in many places. Conflict can reduce the amount of food available, disrupt people’s access to food, limits families’ access to food preparation facilities and health care, and increase uncertainty about satisfying future needs for food and nutrition. Likewise, food insecurity may help to sustain conflict or reverse post-conflict recovery efforts. more

Conference Report: African Women and Youth as Agents of Change through Technology and Innovation

Sep 09, 2013
On May 1, 2013, the Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity (Leadership Project) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) sought to highlight some of the exciting developments by women and youth in Africa utilizing technology and social innovations to tackle every day issues. In collaboration with several other Wilson Center programs and the Kenyan-based African Technology Policy Studies Network, The Africa Program and Leadership Project hosted an international conference titled, “African Women and Youth as Agents of Change through Technology and Innovation.” more

Choke Point: U.S.: Water, Energy and the Ohio River Valley's New Course

Jul 30, 2013
This new paper updates the findings of our 2010 Choke Point: U.S. report, which identified the Southwest, Great Plains, and Southeast as the regions at greatest risk of shortages of energy and water. A special focus of this paper is to explore energy production and water supply in Ohio and its neighboring Ohio River Valley states. The development of natural gas and natural gas liquids from deep shale is reshaping long-standing trends in the region’s energy mix, water consumption and treatment patterns, greenhouse gas emissions, and economy. more

Transforming Earthquake Detection and Science through Citizen Seismology

Jun 28, 2013
This white paper describes a groundbreaking system of citizen science projects by the U.S. Geological Survey and other scientific institutions to detect and monitor earthquakes and engage the public in scientific research about seismic events. These approaches seek to provide a more robust earthquake alert network and generate more real-time motion data. The paper also looks at how future efforts could be improved. Successful crowdsourcing projects at the federal level must navigate a web of practical, legal and policy considerations. This paper identifies some of these hurdles and provides lessons learned so that others may apply them to their unique missions. more

Going Beyond AGOA: Ideas for a Trans-Atlantic Partnership with Africa

Jun 27, 2013
This is an ambitious but realistic & practical way to enhance AGOA by not just ensuring prompt and seamless renewal of U.S. market access provisions for African imports, but also promoting a level playing field for U.S. investment in Africa and encouraging American participation in sub Saharan Africa’s regional infrastructural development. more

China map west east electricity transfer project

INTERACTIVE: China’s West-East Electricity Transfer Project

Jun 26, 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. more

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Dialogue

The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.