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Protecting the Russian Environment: Challenges, Attitudes, and Public Health

Russia is home to some of the world’s most polluted industrial sites, and Russians themselves are commonly perceived as ambivalent about steps necessary to protect the environment, especially if such steps might come at the cost of jobs. The speakers assessed current social concern in Russia over the environment, with particular attention paid to regional differences.

Huffington Post Quoted CEF's "Dam Rush" Interactive Map

In the article at Huffington Post, China Rivers at the Brink of Collapse, Peter Bosshard reported the negative environmental impacts in China that casued by its continuously dam building. 

Raising the Bar for REDD+: Strengthening the Role of Women and Gender Equality

Since 2005, the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program (REDD+) has functioned as a mechanism to financially incentivize the preservation of forestlands in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But beyond its original use, some organizations have also started exploring ways it can help with other development initiatives, like women’s empowerment.

National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change

Climate change poses a serious threat to U.S. national security and is becoming a “catalyst for conflict” in vulnerable countries, according to a panel of retired military leaders speaking at the Wilson Center on May 15.

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.

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