Environmental Security

CEF Director, Jennifer Turner, was interviewed by CCTV America on China’s water solution

Water shortages are giving rise to the transformation of Chinese cities into what’s called ‘sponge cities’ where rain water is collected rather than allowed to run off. CEF Director, Jennifer Turner was interviewed by CCTV America on water solutions in China. 

CEF Director, Jennifer Turner, quoted by Times of India on the lessons from China's ChokePoint crisis

What lessons does China's experience hold for other countries? In a series of talks throughout India, Dr. Jennifer Turner, CEF Director, offers some insights. The Times of India covered her talk in Guwahati, where she warned against overexploiting natural resources in the North East of the country.

The Sahel Beyond the Headlines: Population, Environment, and Security Dynamics

Between the Sahara to the north and savanna to the south lies the semi-arid Sahel, a region stretching from Senegal to Sudan that has experienced desperate poverty, climate change, malnutrition, and violence. While every context is different, the Sahelian countries share some common challenges, including a pattern of recurring crises and fluid borders. Boko Haram’s reign of terror in northern Nigeria and Mali’s coup have both had cross-border components.

Roger-Mark De Souza on 'A New Climate for Peace' Report

A New Climate for Change: Taking Action on Climate Change and Fragility Risk is an independent report commissioned by the G7 members and jointly authored by the Wilson Center. The report says that climate change is “a global threat to security” and goes on to suggest that “we must act quickly to limit future risks to the planet we share and the to the peace we seek.” We spoke to one of the report’s contributing authors to learn more about the challenges presented. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.  

Climate Change & Fragility as a Foreign Policy Priority: A New G7 Report

Washington, D.C. — At the close of a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Lübeck today, ministers announced a stronger collective commitment to tackling climate-related risks in states experiencing situations of fragility. The ministers’ final communiqué declared that “Climate change is among the most serious challenges facing our world. It poses a threat to the environment, to global security and economic prosperity. It has the potential to reverse the progress that has been made in the past decades in tackling global poverty.

Broken Landscape: India’s Energy-Water Choke Point

Across the planet, two fundamental human needs --- energy and water --- often find themselves on a collision course. A new documentary looks at one such choke point in India, where coal mining and its negative environmental impact on water is the source of a regulatory battle with significant implications. We spoke with the filmmaker to learn more about this complex clash of needs. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

Island Communities: Resilience in the Face of Climate Change

While there’s no doubt that rising sea levels and other implications of climate change pose serious threats to island nations, it is also true that such locales have much experience adapting to harsh environments. Roger-Mark De Souza suggests that we can learn from island communities and that they have the potential to be “champions of resilience.” That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW. 

Panel Discussion of "Under the Dome"

 

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Key Takeaways

Resilience for Peace: A New Agenda

As “resilience” builds as a theme for the development community, a few key concepts are rising to the top of the conversation.

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