WASHINGTON—With the world growing by 76 million people each year, it is vital to understand population's impact on climate change. Yet the relationship between climate change and population is clouded by other factors like economic growth, consumption, land use, and technology. But under any scenario, reducing emissions will only get harder as the world's population heads toward 9 billion.

On February 20, from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m., Brian O'Neill will discuss his research on population-climate change relationships, including his work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Joseph Speidel of the University of California, San Francisco, will analyze current population projections and funding trends. RSVP/Live Webcast.

Both speakers will be available for media interviews after the event from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This event, "Population and Climate Change: Relationships, Research, and Responses," marks the launch of a year-long meeting series "PHE: Building the Foundation for the Next 10 Years," which will take a long-range, systematic look at population-health-environment (PHE) issues, case studies, and research.

The next event, "PHE Programs: Assessing the Past, Planning the Future" will be March 13 from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. RSVP/Live Webcast.

What: Population and Climate Change: Relationships, Research, and Responses

Who: Brian O'Neill, Scientist, Institute for the Study of Society and Environment, National Center for Atmospheric Research; Director, Population and Climate Change Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Joseph Speidel, Adjunct Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, and Director for Communication, Development and External Relations, Center for Reproductive Health, Research and Policy, University of California, San Francisco.

When: Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. (lunch included)
Media availability: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 5th Floor
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Media planning to cover the event should contact Sharon McCarter at sharon.mccarter@wilsoncenter.org or (202) 691-4016.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs.

Since 1994, the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program has explored the connections among environmental challenges and their links to conflict and security.