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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.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner was Quoted at Metro on China's Water Pollution

In the latest report at Metro, 'Cancer villages' alert China to urgent water crisis,  CEF Jennifer Turner comments on Chinese ongoing water crisis. “Having said that, you have to keep in mind that every year for the past 40, China’s GDP has grown 10 per cent,” she says. “It doesn’t mean water had to pay this kind of price, but it has happened.” 

Water: Gradual Attention?

Last Saturday, March 22nd, we celebrated World Water Day .Apart from a few words on the subject, neither the government, nor social organizations in Mexico, held  commemorative events. It seems that instead of symbolic acts, the government has decided to take concrete action.

Water issues in Mexico are one of the most serious for the present and future of the country; however, they do not seem to have a prominent place in the public policy agenda.

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.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Gave a Talk at University of California San Diego

The water-energy-food choke point is forcing a new 21st century reckoning. Three colliding trends – declining freshwater reserves, booming energy demand and uncertain grain supplies – are disrupting economies, governments and environments around the world.

China’s energy and environmental security is threatened as the country hits these choke points. How China deals with these confrontations has significant domestic and global consequences.

CEF's latest dam interactive map reported by Quartz

To read the full article on Quartz, please see http://qz.com/196716/chinas-addiction-to-hydropower-in-two-dam-maps/

CEF Director Jennifer Turner interviewed by Living On Earth on China's hydropower overload

For the past 65 years, China has built nearly two dams per day, and wants to expand its hydroelectric capacity. Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environment Forum at the Washington DC's Wilson Center, tells host Steve Curwood that China plans to ramp up dam installation in Yunnan Province, which raises the risks for this biodiversity hotspot in Southwest China.

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Region: Improving Policy Outcomes Through Research and Engagement

The Great Lakes-St Lawrence Basin contains 18 percent of the world's freshwater and is home to 42 million people. While these waters are essential to Canada and the United States' quality of life, the current state and future sustainability of the basin continue to challenge policy makers.