Environmental Security

Climate Change: No Longer a Distant Threat

A just-released report from the CNA Corporation's Military Advisory Board makes clear that when it comes to climate change, “many threats are manifesting faster than anticipated and the risks are accelerating.” The group of 16 retired generals and admirals from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps pulls no punches in sounding the alarm through specific recommendations for action, calling for the United States to take a global leadership role.

Why Do People Move? Research on Environmental Migration Coming of Age

When she finished her dissertation on migration as a response to climate change in 2003, it was one of only a handful of scholarly papers published on the topic that year, said Susana Adamo, an associate research scientist at Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network. But in the decade since, interest in climate migration has exploded – in 2012, more than 10 times as many papers were published.

Surf and Turf: The Environmental Impacts of China’s Growing Appetite for Pork and Seafood

Half the world’s pigs – 476 million – reside in China.

Where Is the Blue Carbon Going?

“Blue carbon,” the carbon taken up and stored by coastal and marine ecosystems, represents a vast, previously unrecognized natural carbon sink. Coastal blue carbon habitats, including salt marshes, mangroves, and seagrasses, sequester carbon at rates 10 times higher than forested ecosystems and store carbon in their soil that is often hundreds or thousands of years old.

Increasing Resilience to Climate Change

According to NASA and a team of scientists from the University of California, significant portions of the West Antarctic ice sheet have begun an unstoppable slide towards oblivion, slowly melting in warmer-than-usual ocean currents that have been eating away at their bases.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner interviewed by Radio Free Asia on the latest China Environmental Law amendments

 Official news agency Xinhua reported late on Apr 21, the amendments to China's 1989 environmental protection law have been submitted to the country's parliament for deliberation. The amendments, now in their fourth draft, are expected to enshrine environmental protection as the overriding priority of the Chinese government, and will also include provisions to help Beijing impose rules on powerful industrial interests.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Gave a Talk at University of California San Diego

The water-energy-food choke point is forcing a new 21st century reckoning. Three colliding trends – declining freshwater reserves, booming energy demand and uncertain grain supplies – are disrupting economies, governments and environments around the world.

China’s energy and environmental security is threatened as the country hits these choke points. How China deals with these confrontations has significant domestic and global consequences.

Escaping the Crisis Trap: New Options for Haiti

Photo credit: Legatum Institute

In collaboration with the Institute for State Effectiveness (ISE) and the Legatum Institute, the Wilson Center held a discussion on Haiti’s potential for growth, development and stable governance on April 4th, 12-2pm.

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