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Closing the Gap: Improving Early Warning for Climate Security Risks in the Pacific

Pacific Island countries (PICs) are uniquely vulnerable to the effects of climate extremes, variability, and change, including sea-level rise, coastal erosion, El Niño events, extreme weather, and ocean acidification. PIC communities have shown remarkable and long-standing resilience in the face of both physical and social risks. At the same time, many PICs are geographically isolated and remote, heavily aid-dependent, distant from global trade networks, and have limited access to freshwater and natural resources.

Thirsty Planet: How Water Can be a Source of Conflict or Cooperation

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Gidon Bromberg about the water crisis in the Middle East which has been exacerbated by climate change.  Bromberg also discusses how his organization EcoPeace Middle East brings together Israeli, Jordanian, and Palestinian environmentalists to promote cooperative efforts to protect the region’s shared environmental heritage and advance sustainable regional development.

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Africa in Transition: The Role of Women in Peace and Security

The prosperity of a nation cannot be divorced from the prosperity of its women. In sub-Saharan Africa, demographic trends, including rapid population growth and urbanization, ethnic tensions, and environmental degradation and climate change represent some of the compound security risks facing the region. A multisector and integrated approach that is inclusive of women is a precondition to curbing the underlying trends influencing instability in the region. When women are involved in security decision-making, the likelihood for conflict decreases, and peace negotiations last longer.  

Citizen Science and Data Integration for Understanding Marine Litter

This article was presented at the Data for Good Exchange [D4GX] 2019 on September 15, 2019 at Bloomberg headquarters in New York City. The theme for this D4GX was "Data Science for SDGs," or how data science can progress forward the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. It is posted here with permission from Bloomberg. 

Authors: Jillian Campbell[1], Anne Bowser[2], Dilek Fraisl[3][4], Metis Meloche[2]

Deep Dive: IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the leading global body on climate science. On September 25, it released its first-ever Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. More than 100 scientists from 80 countries assessed the latest scientific knowledge about how climate change is impacting the ocean, coastal, polar, and mountain ecosystems, and the communities that depend on them.

U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs Holds Hearing on Amazon Forest Fires

This recent increase in slash-and-burn deforestation and forest fires—highlighted in national and international media—is largely the result of weakened environmental protections and reduced enforcement. 
 

Hidden Forces: The Role of Water in Economic Prosperity

Safe and accessible water is critical for a country’s successful economic development and for the health and well-being of its citizens. Ultimately, the journey to self-reliance cannot succeed without sustainable water resource management. This session will explore the role of market-based solutions and private sector engagement in strengthening the management of water resources to meet the needs of communities, agriculture, industry and commerce, and ecosystem services.  

 

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