Alaska: Leading the Way on Climate Change Policy

How can Alaska, with its oil-dependent economy, address climate change and plan for a transition to a clean-energy economy? It’s a major challenge. In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott explains the state’s response to climate change through the work of the Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team, charged with developing a recommended climate action plan and policy by September 2018.


Finland's Chairmanship of the Arctic Council: Exploring Common Solutions in Arctic Meteorology

The country of Finland serves as chair of the Arctic Council through May 2019. As part of its chairmanship goals, Finland has committed to advancing meteorological cooperation and capacity building. Further developing meteorological cooperation allows improved monitoring and observation networks, better management of climate and water-related risks, and more accurate forecasting of meteorological phenomena in the Arctic. Toward this goal, Finland organized the Arctic Meteorology Summit in Levi, Lapland, Finland in March 2018.

New Frontlines in China’s War on Pollution: Expanding Government and NGO Efforts to Protect Water

In the fifth year of China’s War on Pollution, the government is moving the frontlines beyond urban air pollution, targeting protection of water and soil. From a new national pollution survey to increasing crackdowns on polluting industries and illegal mining that contaminate water and soil, China’s new Ministry of Ecology and Environment is flexing its muscles. Domestic civil society environmental groups and international NGOs are also taking advantage of increasing space to monitor, sue, and partner with Chinese companies to reign in water pollution.  

Games Round Up: Conservation & Community

The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it. -- Barry Commoner