Securing the Third Pole: Glaciers, Snowpacks, and Water Vulnerability in High Asia

Known as the “Third Pole,” the Hindu-Kush-Himalaya, Pamir and Tien Shan mountain ranges of High Asia are home to the snow and ice headwaters of Asia’s most important rivers. These rivers provide drinking water, hydropower, irrigation, and other essential services to billions of people living downstream and changes in the mountains’ glaciers and snow reservoirs have cascading impacts on the region’s economic and human security. Protecting these essential water sources in a complex geopolitical setting requires transboundary science, public policy, and local efforts.

Sustainable Fishing and the Health of the World’s Oceans

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we speak with David Balton, Senior Fellow with Wilson Center’s Polar Initiative, about the strains climate change and overfishing are having on global fisheries.  How extensive is the problem and what are nations doing to combat this increasing stress on the world’s oceans?

Water @ Wilson: 50 Years of Water, Conflict, and Cooperation

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'Fish Fights': David Balton Testifies before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Ambassador David Balton, Senior Fellow with the Wilson Center's Polar Initiative, testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in a September 18 hearing titled "Fish Fights: An Examination of Conflicts over Ocean Resources." 

Access to Water and Sanitation in Brazil

Sustainable Water, Resilient Communities: The Challenge of Erratic Water

Water variability is increasing “due to climate change and to more frequent natural disasters,” said Jonathan Cook, Senior Climate Change Adaptation Specialist with the U.S. Agency for International Development, at the fourth and final event in a series on water security organized by the Wilson Center and the Sustainable Water Partnership.