Climate

USAID and the Private Sector: Blended Finance Partnership to Combat Ocean Plastic Pollution (Launch Event)

The amount of plastic pollution flowing into the ocean is increasing at an alarming rate, creating an urgent challenge for the world’s environment and economy. On our current trajectory, by 2050 — pound for pound — there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Most ocean plastic pollution emanates from developing countries — and, more specifically, from rapidly urbanizing coastal cities in the developing world — where waste management systems are struggling to keep pace with growing populations and increasing amounts of trash.

Disaster Security: Using Intelligence and Military Planning for Energy and Environmental Risks (Book Launch)

From glacier melt in the Andes and hurricanes in New York and Hawaii, to hybrid disasters, cyber operations, and geoengineering, the US military and intelligence community harnesses the foresight provided by scenarios, simulations, and disaster planning to anticipate environmental and security-related disasters.

Climate Change: Have We Reached a Tipping Point?

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we speak with Sherri Goodman who discusses where the United States stands in combating global climate change. Have we reached a tipping point for a renewed focus from federal, state and local governments, the military, and private sector? She also highlights the role that the new Center for Climate and Security-led International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS) will play in the effort.

Scientists Need to Reconquer Hearts and Minds With Regard to Climate Change, Says Brito Cruz

Scientists Need to Reconquer Hearts and Minds With Regard to Climate Change, Says Brito Cruz

By Maria Fernanda Ziegler | FAPESP Agency
translated by Taina Machado and Sabrina Magalhães

Implementing the U.S. Global Water Strategy: A First-Year Review

In November 2017, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development released the first U.S. Global Water Strategy. With contributions from more than 17 U.S. government agencies and departments, the Global Water Strategy lays out four interrelated objectives to support a more water secure world: increase access to sustainable safe drinking water and sanitation services, and promote hygiene; protect freshwater resources; promote cooperation on shared waters; and strengthen water governance and financing.

8th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations

The Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations symposium will be held this year on July 17 and 18 at the Ronald Reagan Building Amphitheater in Washington, D.C. This biennial, two-day symposium will feature experts addressing Arctic marine operations, ocean and environmental issues, policy, law, and governance.

Securing the Third Pole: Glaciers, Snowpacks, and Water Vulnerability in High Asia

“For the longest time we thought that water was forever renewable and that it would always be there,” said Gloria Steele, Acting Assistant Administrator for Asia with USAID, at a recent Wilson Center event on water security in High Asia. “We now know that is not the case, and we need to protect it and manage it effectively.”

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