Environmental Security

Roger-Mark De Souza on Linking Climate, Security and Development to Fragility in Haiti

As part of the Fall 2014 Haiti Dialogue Series organized by the Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program, Roger-Mark de Souza joined a group of faculty, researchers, students and policymakers to discuss the latest research linking climate change, natural hazards, development and fragility in Haiti. Haiti has one of the world’s highest exposures to natural hazards along with one of the lowest income growth rates, which has subjected the country to chronic severe stress and trapped it

Living Through Extremes: Building Livelihood Resilience Across Sectors and Countries

As climate change upends established patterns of life, resilience – the ability of social and ecological systems to mitigate, endure, and adapt to short-term shocks and long-term stressors – has become a buzzword in development and humanitarian circles.

Responding to Climate Change: Will New Warnings Lead to Action?

With every new report issued, increasingly dire warnings about present and future threats posed by a warming planet suggest a more vigorous response than has been seen to date. Political action has been slowed or stymied by ideological debates that have little to do with the world of science or realities on the ground. Such inaction raises questions about whether any sector of society is adequately responding to the challenge or if there is even time to do so. A new round of international meetings will soon begin.

Preserving the Amazon: A Race Against Time

Researchers from the United States and the state of São Paulo met at a FAPESP (Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo) symposium in Washington, DC to present the latest findings from their studies of the Amazon. The “FAPESP-U.S. Collaborative Research on the Amazon” meeting was organized in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Brazil Institute of the Wilson Center. One of the featured speakers was noted biodiversity expert, Tom Lovejoy. We spoke with him about the state of the Amazon and efforts to preserve its endangered ecosystem.

Could a U.S.-India Climate Deal Be Next?

When news broke that the U.S. had signed a far-reaching climate deal with China, I wondered: Could the U.S. and India reach a similar deal?

While in India this month, I was struck by the poor air quality. Walking around New Delhi sometimes felt like being in a smoky house. The air seemed much worse than what I remembered experiencing in China last year.

Extreme Realities: Severe Weather, Climate Change, and Our National Security [Screening]

“We cannot ignore the new reality that climate change has become a major foreign policy issue in the 21st century,” a new film by Hal and Marilyn Weiner concludes.

And yet a majority of Americans don’t see it that way. According to a recent Pew Center study, only 4 in 10 Americans cite climate change as a global threat, making them the least concerned of the publics sampled.

The Future of Food, Climate, and the Natural World: A Conversation With Jonathan Foley

Appointed to lead the prestigious California Academy of Sciences in August, Jonathan Foley is tasked with leading a world class institution in the pursuit of discovering, documenting, and sharing knowledge of the natural world.  Serving as one of the largest museums of natural history in the world, the California Academy of Sciences has a clear mission of promoting exploration, providing educational opportunities, and engaging the public.

Making Connections: 20 Years of Environmental Change and Security

Twenty years ago, many of the key environmental issues of the day, and their implications for national and global security, were too often discussed in isolation. Silo walls were rarely breached, and key players in the public and private sectors did not engage on a regular basis. Enter the Environmental Change and Security Program of the Wilson Center, an undertaking specifically designed to make connections between those that can achieve more working together than would ever be possible while acting separately.

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