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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 will release 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.  

Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest

(Agri)business as Usual: Curbing Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest

Under internal and global scrutiny, the Bolsonaro administration in Brazil is facing strong pressure to reconsider its controversial environmental agenda. Although deforestation was a problem long before Jair Bolsonaro assumed power in January 2019, the future of the Amazon Rainforest is clearly threatened under the current government.

Addressing Environmental Challenges in the Americas: A Call for Applications

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