Environmental Security

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.

Cautious Optimism: China’s Nuclear Energy Safety Measures Improving

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Environmental Change and Security: A Look Back and Ahead With the Founder

For 20 years, the Environmental Change and Security Program has brought together a wide range of communities that do not always interact with one another to create new connections and discuss some of the most critical challenges facing the world today. We recently spoke with the program’s founding director, P.J. Simmons, and asked him to provide both a history lesson and a look forward.

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CEF Director Jennifer Turner was Interviewed by BBC on UN New York Climate Conference

On Sep 28, CEF Director Jennifer Turner was interviewed by BBC In the Balance with other environmental experts discussing about global warming. During the interview, Turner commented on China's efforts and ambitions of curbing carbon emission and expanding renewable energy, as well as its water-energy-agriculture nexus.

What’s Next? Celebrating 20 Years of the Environmental Change and Security Program

Global crises like the Ebola outbreak force us to consider what “security” really means, said Sharon Burke, senior advisor for the New America Foundation. “Is security getting our kids to school and food on the table…or are you talking about military security and defense threats that require a weapon to counter?”

Lee Hamilton on the 20th Anniversary of the Environmental Change and Security Program

Susan Chan Shifflett, CEF Associate, discusses geoengineering governance with GPPi

Could geoengineering governance save the Earth from climate change? CEF Associate, Susan Chan Shifflett talked about the future of geoengineering in an interview for the “Global Governance Futures 2025” programs by Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi). After going through the geoengineering’s definition and difficulties it is faced with, Shifflett said that “geoengineering could become less of an abstract idea and more of a possible last resort,” if we continue to face roadblocks in fighting climate change.

Does Climate Change Pose a Threat to U.S. National Security?

According to a symposium of national leaders, profound and pervasive changes are already underway. They say that climate change related changes are affecting infrastructure, commerce, and the military in ways that compromise national security. Their discussion is the focus of this edition of REWIND.

This event was conducted in partnership with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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