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Four Takeaways from the Global Water Security Intelligence Assessment

The just-released unclassified National Intelligence Council (NIC) report on water and security is a positive contribution to understanding the complex and interconnected ecological, social, economic, and political issues around water.

A Conversation on Climate Change with Brazilian Expert Luiz Gylvan Meira Filho

The commitment the international community made in Copenhagen in December 2009 to limit climate change to a maximum of two degrees Celsius by the end of the century implies limits to global emissions by 2050, and has brought physical constraints to the decision-making process in this area. These constraints will be very much in the minds of the heads government when they meet this June in Rio at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

Internships with the Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program is seeking interns to:

  • Write for our award-winning blog, New Security Beat
  • Network with leading experts in the environment, development, and security field
  • Work closely with the friendly, dynamic “Green Team” at the Wilson Center

Assignments may include:

Geoff Dabelko on Finding Common Ground Among Conservation, Development, and Security at the 2011 WWF Fuller Symposium

Environmental Film Festival: Transcending Boundaries


Securing Development and Peace in the Niger Delta: A Social and Conflict Analysis for Change

Few regions in the world have been as unfortunate as Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta. The delta’s abundant natural wealth stands in stark contrast to its palpable underdevelopment. The oil sector accounts for approximately 95 percent of Nigeria’s export earnings and over 80 percent of federal government revenue, but for nearly two decades the delta has been mired in conflict and violence that threatens human security and the national economy. Following the Amnesty offered by former President Yar’Adua in 2009 to over 20,000 armed fighters, an uneasy quiet has settled over the area.

New Research on Climate and Conflict Links

“We know that there will be more conflicts in the future as a result of climate change than there would have been in a hypothetic world without climate change,” said Marc Levy, deputy director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, although existing data and methodologies cannot predict how many additional conflicts there will be, or which causal factors will matter most.

Climate Change, Water, and Conflict in the Niger River Basin

New research on the Niger River Basin finds that the effects of climate change in the region are pervasive and that “latent conflict” between groups – disagreements and disputes over damage to farmland and restricted access to water, but not physical violence – is common.

Report Launch: The World’s Water, Vol. 7

“The water problem is real and it is bad,” said MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and founder of the Pacific Institute Peter Gleick at the October 18 launch of the seventh volume the institute’s biennial report on freshwater resources, The World’s Water.