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Jane Goodall Explores the Links Between Conservation and Human Health

Humans share about 99 percent of our DNA structure with chimpanzees, a fact that according to Jane Goodall, we often forget at our own peril. In this Director's Forum, the world-renowned primatologist expressed an urgent concern for the survival of our planet and its animal kingdom, along with a sense of hope that humans have the capacity to find alternatives to our destructive ways.

Regional Integration in the Amazon: Challenges and Prospects

Rosalía Arteaga, Secretary General of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), discussed challenges to regional integration in the Amazon at a February 1, 2005 meeting at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. The conference, co-sponsored with the Organization of American States and the Environmental Change and Security Project, brought together individuals from diverse backgrounds to discuss one area of interest: the Amazon.

Population-Environmental Piggybacking: Integrating an Environmental Module into Guatemala's Demographic and Health Survey

The Petén region, located in the northern part of Guatemala, is a population-environment hot spot. Covering a third of the country, the area suffers from high rates of deforestation and increasing migration. ProPetén, an environmental and social organization working in the region, spearheaded an effort to add data on environment to USAID's Demographic and Health Survey (DHS).

Population, Environment, Poverty, and Politics in the Philippines

At a June 8 discussion hosted by the Environmental Change and Security Project, Congressman Nereus Acosta, one of the youngest members of the Philippines' House of Representatives, spoke about his government's response to problems linking population and the environment. Joan Regina L.

Book Launch: One With Nineveh: Politics, Consumption, and the Human Future

"We're fighting a huge resource war right now and we're losing it…and it's not in the papers, it's not on the news," lamented world-renowned scientist Paul Ehrlich, launching his latest book at a May 18 meeting sponsored by the Environmental Change and Security Project. In One with Nineveh: Politics, Consumption, and the Human Future, Ehrlich and his coauthor, wife Anne, update their major themes in light of the Iraq war and other recent events.

Film Screening: Seas of Grass

Seas of Grass

This episode of "Journey to Planet Earth" examines the devastating degradation of the world's grasslands, from Argentina to Inner Mongolia, South Africa, Kenya, and the American West. Filmmakers Marilyn and Hal Weiner will discuss the film after the screening.

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Environment, Population, and Health: Development Strategies for a More Secure World

Are environmental degradation and state failure explicitly linked? Speaking at the Woodrow Wilson Center for the first time, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond argued that population growth and overusing natural resources lead to societal collapse.

History is Full of Globalizations

Life in Balance: Partnering to Improve Reproductive Health, the Environment, and Livelihood Security

Integrating population, development, and environmental activities can improve a community's reproductive health and livelihood security, according to an innovative coalition working in the Philippines. On December 18, representatives of the Population Reference Bureau, the Philippine Legislators' Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD), and Save the Children shared the lessons they learned with a Wilson Center audience.

Putting Conservation in Context: Social Science Tools for Conservation Practitioners

The Community Conservation Coalition, in conjunction with the Environmental Change and Security Project, hosted a reception at the Woodrow Wilson Center to celebrate the launch of a CD-ROM titled Putting Conservation in Context: Social Science Tools for Conservation Practitioners. Founded in 1999, the Community Conservation Coalition (CCC) is a Washington, D.C.-based forum comprised of diverse organizations interested in the human dimension of biodiversity conservation worldwide.

Sparing Nature:The Conflict Between Human Population Growth and Biodiversity

Since prehistoric times, human population growth has led to the extinction of other species. This trend existed tens of thousands of years ago and continues to date, with an estimated increase of 7% in the number of threatened species by the year 2020. Using insights from paleoanthropology, Professor Jeffrey McKee examined the impact of a population boom on biodiversity conservation.

The human wedge