Climate

USAID Climate Action Review: 2010-2016 (Report Launch)

“Climate work is practical, common-sense, good development,” said Carrie Thompson, deputy assistant administrator at the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). “It’s prevention, and we all know that preventative medicine is the best medicine.”

Navigating Complexity: Climate, Migration, and Conflict in a Changing World

Climate change is expected to contribute to the movement of people through a variety of means. There is also significant concern climate change may influence violent conflict. But our understanding of these dynamics is evolving quickly and sometimes producing surprising results. There are considerable misconceptions about why people move, how many move, and what effects they have.

Beyond the Headlines: Climate, Migration, and Conflict (Report Launch)

As Syria has collapsed, spasming into civil war over the last five years, the effects have rippled far beyond its borders. Most notably, a surge of refugees added to already swelling ranks of people fleeing instability in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and sub-Saharan Africa, leading to the highest number of displaced people since the Second World War. At the same time, scientists have noted record-breaking temperatures, a melting Arctic, extreme droughts, and other signs of climate change.

What Does the World Expect of President-elect Trump: Climate Change

Q: What is the greatest challenge facing the United States’ regarding climate change?  

A: The greatest challenge facing the new administration is balancing the country's immediate concerns with addressing the threats that climate change poses to our economy, our security, and our safety.

Climate Change and the United Nations

With the United Nations in the midst of a leadership change, we spoke with two climate experts, Sherri Goodman and Ruth Greenspan Bell, about the critical role that institution plays in addressing security challenges connected to a warming planet. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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The Economic Case for Landscape Restoration in Latin America

Land degradation is a major concern globally.  It has led to substantial losses in natural capital, impoverishment of soils, reduction in agricultural yields, job losses in rural areas and considerable greenhouse gas emissions.

Adoption of Global Climate Agreement

The White House announced that the global climate accord negotiated last year in France has met the thresholds to enter into force in 30 days. Roger-Mark De Souza comments on the “landmark development.”

Developing Climate Resilience: An Island Perspective

“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and it calls for a comprehensive and cooperative international approach like we’ve never seen,” said Jainey Bavishi, associate director for climate preparedness at the White House Council on Environmental Policy, at the Wilson Center on October 5. “The leadership of the island nations is essential; they punch well above their weight on this issue.”

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