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Introducing: Choke Point: China Part II

YOU YI, Heilongjiang Province, China — Where the wide, muddy waters of the Songhua River flow north from Jiamusu to the Russian border, just 150 kilometers (90 miles) distant, the whole of China’s largest treeless prairie sweeps to the horizon. This expanse of fertile grasslands endures the dark fright of cold Siberian winters and the raging heated winds of Mongolian summers. At night, in the scattered villages, the sky fills with stars so thick and bright that walking along unlit streets is easy.

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As the pace of global social and environmental change accelerates, truly sustainable development requires resilient communities. From remote forest villages to new urban slums, local communities depend on networks of resilience to obtain the critical elements of survival: water, food, health, energy, livelihoods, and security.

Managing Mountains for Ecological Services and Environmental Security

High mountain regions face grave environmental challenges with climate change impacts already as severe as any place on earth. Glaciers and snowfields are retreating in many areas, increasing risks of catastrophic Glacial Lake Outburst Floods, but also affecting fresh water supplies for hundreds of millions of people downstream. Conservative predictions suggest two- to threefold greater temperature increases at high altitudes than at sea level, endangering alpine ecosystems and the environmental services they provide.

Beyond Seven Billion: Reporting on Population, Environment, and Security

“When I embarked on this series, I approached it as an environmental reporter: What does a growing number of us and growing consumption mean for our planet?” said Los Angeles Times reporter Ken Weiss at the Wilson Center on October 9.

Preview: Choke Point: China Part II

The China Environment Forum’s work on the water-energy confrontation began in 2010 when we invited the Circle of Blue team to present the findings from Choke Point: U.S., the first comprehensive assessment of the clash between energy production and water supply by an American science, news, and communications organization.

Linking Biodiversity Conservation and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: Experiences From Sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa is a key region both for conservationists and those working for improved public health. Nine of the world’s 34 biodiversity hotspots are in sub-Saharan Africa, as are two of the five most important wilderness areas.


Uninvited Guests: Invasive Alien Species and the Threat to Ecosystems and Economies

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Peg Brady, fisheries strategic planning lead, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Stas Burgiel, assistant director for prevention and budgetary coordination, National Invasive Species Council
Anouk Simard, Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife, Government of Québec
Peter Stoett, Fulbright Canada-Wilson Center Chair in Canada-U.S. Relations