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Six Modern Plagues and How We are Causing Them

Global climate change, deforestation, heavily industrialized agriculture, and wildlife decimation have contributed to the emergence and spread of modern plagues, argued Mark Jerome Walters in a October 17th Wilson Center meeting.

Book Launch: Rivers for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature

Authors of the new book Rivers for Life joined a Wilson Center audience to discuss how the disruption of natural river flows by large dams and river diversions is causing a worldwide crisis in river health and the loss of valuable ecosystem services.

A Celebration of the Life of Carlos Soza

The Woodrow Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Project (ECSP) and the Izaak Walton League of America co-sponsored a reception at the Wilson Center to celebrate the life of Guatemalan conservation leader Carlos Soza, who died of liver cancer on May 28, 2003. Soza's passing was unexpected, coming just two weeks after his cancer diagnosis.

A Vision for Madagascar: A Path from Poverty to Growth

His Excellency Marc Ravalomanana, the reform-minded president of Madagascar, today told a Woodrow Wilson Center Director's Forum that his country stands ready to fully join the global marketplace while also preserving its unique environmental heritage and bringing prosperity to its citizens. "My optimism for Madagascar is not false," said President Ravalomanana. "I'm going to describe a country where the strengths outnumber weaknesses and we believe in our ability to succeed."

The State of the World's Population: Unleashing the Potential of Urban Growth

"Is urbanization really bad?" asked George Martine, lead author of the UN Population Fund's (UNFPA) recent report, State of World Population 2007: Unleashing the Potential of Urban Growth. "In reality, cities provide great potential for social development, for economic development, demographic improvement, and [progress on] environmental issues." At a Wilson Center ev

Book Discussion: Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution;and How It Can Renew America

"America has lost its groove," argued New York Times foreign affairs columnist and bestselling author Thomas Friedman at a September 29, 2008, discussion of his new book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How it Can Renew America, sponsored by the Wilson Center's Division of International Security Studies and Environmental Change and Security P

Conservation, Health and Development: Connecting Science and Practice

On March 10th, 2009 Wilson Center on the Hill and the Environmental Change and Security Program hosted a seminar featuring Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, with opening remarks by Congressman Bart Gordon, Chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology. Kent Hughes, director of the Program on Science, Technology, America, and the Global Economy at the Woodrow Wilson Center, began the briefing by recognizing the importance of sustainability and welcoming Chairman Gordon.

ECSP Report 13

The 13th issue of the Environmental Change and Security Program Report details the non-traditional security threats and opportunities facing the world today. "Environmental security is making a comeback," says ECSP Director Geoff Dabelko, "notably in the United States, where signs indicate that the next administration will tackle environment, population, health, and development challenges that impact security."

ECSP Report 12

While the world focuses on war, authors in ECSP Report 12 argue that we should not miss the quiet – yet often more lethal – conflicts for shrinking resources, which are increasingly depleted by population growth, environmental degradation, poverty, and over-consumption. Eight African leaders and scholars – including Nobel Peace Prize-winner Wangari Maathai – describe their continent's struggle with resource conflict. Population and health are also linked to conflict and fragile states, say report authors.

ECSP Report 11

According to some experts, protecting natural resources and stabilizing population growth must be part of long-term solutions to today's violent conflicts. Others say the evidence does not support this strategy. But all agree that more research will lead to a more nuanced understanding of the links connecting environment, population, and security.