Environment

Award-Winning Film Explores Deforestation and Cattle Industry in the Brazilian Amazon

There are 85 million cows in the Brazilian Amazon: three times as many cows as people. Their presence has proven to be something of a Roschach test, with proponents arguing that the cattle industry is the economic lifeblood of the region while others see it as destroying the critical and irreplaceable resource that is the Amazon forest. Agriculture is a key driver of the Brazilian economy, accounting for almost 24 percent of the country's GDP in 2017, and Brazil is expected to play a critical role in feeding the rapidly growing global population.

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.”

Workshop Report: The Scientific, Social, and Economic Dimensions of Development in the Amazon

The Amazon forest serves as the lungs of the earth, playing a crucial role in regulating the world’s climate. After decades of deforestation and pollution, leading scientists have warned that the region is approaching a tipping point. Yet at the same time, growing understanding of the impact of human activities, stemming from decades of scientific research, offers new possibilities to push forward with sustainable development in the Amazon; strong partnership between academia, government, civil society, and the private sector will prove critical to this effort.

Sustainable Fishing and the Health of the World’s Oceans

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we speak with David Balton, Senior Fellow with Wilson Center’s Polar Initiative, about the strains climate change and overfishing are having on global fisheries.  How extensive is the problem and what are nations doing to combat this increasing stress on the world’s oceans?

Water @ Wilson: 50 Years of Water, Conflict, and Cooperation

 

50 Years of Water at Wilson: Water, Conflict, and Cooperation (Part 1 of 2)

 

Climate Change: Is Urgency for Action Growing?

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we speak with Environmental Change and Security Program Public Policy Fellow Ruth Greenspan Bell about the recent release of the IPCC’s special report on global warming. We ask her if the increasingly alarming data from scientists is helping motivate global action to address the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.

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One Health in the 21st Century

The One Health in the 21st Century Workshop will serve as a snapshot of government, intergovernmental, and non-governmental organization innovation as it pertains to the expanding paradigm of One Health. One Health is an umbrella term for a paradigm to health care that considers animal, human, and environmental health issues as inextricably linked, each informing the other, rather than as distinct disciplines.

Fostering Greater Dialogue on the Rights of Traditional Populations in Brazil and the United States

On October 11, 2018, the Brazil Institute hosted five representatives of Brazil’s quilombola communities, including members of the National Coordination for the Articulation of Black Quilombola Rural Communities (CONAQ) and the Amazon Conservation Team of Brazil (Ecam).

Bridging Research and Policy on Climate Change and Conflict

Globally, we have seen an increase in climate impacts and security risks. At the same time, we have seen substantial progress in research on how climatic changes may alter or enhance the propensity for new violence or interact with existing conflicts. 
 

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