Water

As Beijing Prepares To Host Winter Olympics, Where Will It Get The Snow?

NPR's Melissa Block talks with Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center, about water resources and environmental concerns in the extremely arid region.

Oakland’s Web of Waters Shapes New Economy, Civic Energy

Oakland’s Water Treatment Plant Generates Its Own Energy and Then Some

Christian Science Monitor Reported CEF Panel on Combatting Environmental Degradation and Poverty in Western China

In Western China, abundant but fragile natural resources are juxtaposed against lagging economic development. Citizens now can apply for micro-loans to get started in farming, provided they operate in ways that are not damaging to the environment.  These new sustainable models are quickly catching on, NGO leaders said at a panel hosted Monday by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. 

Infographic: Water Scarcity and Energy Development in Northern Mexico

 

Nightmare Scenarios

Back in 2011, the American actor George Clooney recalled asking Barack Obama to identify the one thing that kept him up at night.

“Pakistan,” replied the US president.

Obama did not elaborate. We can assume, however, that he was alluding to the various nightmare scenarios that spooked Washington officialdom back then, including loose nukes and state disintegration.

Water Scarcity Could Deter Energy Developers From Crossing Border Into Northern Mexico

Before world oil prices collapsed late last year, shop owners closest to the banks of the Rio Grande River in Piedras Negras joked that they could hear the groans of Texas drilling rigs advancing toward the

A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks

A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks is an independent report commissioned by members of the G7 and authored jointly by the Wilson Center, adelphi, International Alert, and the European Union Institute for Security Studies. The report identifies seven compound climate-fragility risks that pose serious threats to the stability of states and societies in the decades ahead.

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