What Next? Climate Adaptation After Paris

In December 2015, representatives from 195 nations gathered in Paris for the 21stConference of the Parties (COP-21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. After two weeks of intensive negotiations, countries approved an agreement that charts new territory for global cooperation to address climate change.

Addressing Loss and Damage: Innovative Climate Finance Solutions

The world is entering a new phase of climate change defined by “failure to mitigate sufficiently and failure to adapt sufficiently,” said Saleemul Huq, director of the Bangladesh-based International Center for Climate Change and Development, at the Wilson Center on March 16.

Bottom-up Innovation and Partnerships to Address Climate & Pollution in Chinese Cities

At the recent COP21 in Paris, 1,000 cities submitted commitments to address climate change, including many Chinese cities that pledged to accelerate the adoption of greenhouse gas reduction goals to be achieved by 2020, instead of the national goal of 2030. Cities will need concrete tools to measure their progress toward these climate goals and to address urban pollution and sprawl challenges.

Climate Change, Disasters, and Security: Unconventional Approaches to Building Stability

It is “not sufficient to look at history for lessons on how we should prepare for and prevent future security risks in a climate change world,” said Swathi Veeravalli, research scientist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Geospatial Research Laboratory, at the Wilson Center on January 14.

The Paris Climate Agreement: What Was Achieved and What’s Next?

Is this the climate change “game changer” that the world has been waiting for? An expert panel gathered to assess what was accomplished during the Paris climate talks, and what the agreement means moving forward.

The Year Ahead in Environment and Energy

The climate agreement reached in Paris last December, seen by many as a critical step toward lowering greenhouse gas emissions, was big news – perhaps too big. Pointing to the thousands of articles about COP-21, National Geographic Senior Editor Marla Cone asked at a recent Wilson Center panel, “Is this a wise use of resources, when newsrooms are so stretched thin, to have everybody pretty much chasing the same stories?”

Costs and Benefits of Shore Power at the Port of Shenzhen

Seven of the world’s 10 largest and busiest container ports are located in China. These booming ports serve as the engines of China’s economic growth.

2015 Year in Review

Thanks to our scholars, our staff, and our friends around the world, this has been an exceptional year in programming at the Wilson Center. More than ever, our publications and our conversations bridged the worlds of scholarship and policy.

Below you’ll find a list of the standout events, publications, and articles of 2015 organized by the themes we found most significant.

Not Fully Lost and Damaged: How Loss and Damage Fared in the Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement coming out of the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 negotiations gave breakthrough recognition to loss and damage, sorting through thorny discussions and politically charged negotiating positions. These positions revolved around liability and compensation, which developing countries called for but developed countries were unwilling to have included in the Agreement.