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CEF Director, Jennifer Turner, quoted by Vice Sports on Water Scarcity and the Winter Olympics Bid

Is China's pollution crisis affecting its chances of winning the Winter Olympics bid?

CEF Director, Dr. Jennifer Turner was recently quoted in a Vice Sports article addressing the nexus between sports, water scarcity, and pollution. As global temperatures continue to rise, finding an appropriate location for the winter olympics will become increasingly hard. At the same time, allocating huge amounts of natural resources such as water towards the games is becoming increasingly controversial.

"Broken Landscape" Featured as an Editor's Pick at The Atlantic

Our short film "Broken Landscape" has been selected as an Editor's Pick over at The Atlantic. The film examines how a dangerous type of coal mining called "rat hole mining" has impacted communities and the environment in Northeastern India. The mines fuel the country's growing demand for energy, but pollute water supplies for downstream communities. Sean Peoples and Michael Miller - the film's co-producer and producer/director - were in the country when a national tribunal banned rat hole mining, sending reverberations throughout the region.

Canadian Hydropower and the Clean Power Plan

This summer the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to unveil its final rule for existing power plants as part of the Clean Power Plan. Hydropower, a zero-emission, dispatchable, base-load power source, makes up more than half of renewable electricity generation in the United States. In 2013, Canada exported more than 60 TWh of electricity to the United States, the vast majority of which is hydropower. Linked to the U.S.

Yemen’s Other Crisis

Saudi Arabia is maintaining its air offensive in Yemen, and Houthi rebels continue to stage assaults. A humanitarian crisis appears imminent.

But another crisis is raging in Yemen that could pose an existential threat to one of the world’s most troubled nations.

Telling Tales of Complex Connections

Policy wonks and academics produce voluminous tomes on sustainability issues, but how to get these before a larger audience? One wonkish think tank hard at work on this problem, the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center, is producing a series of short films to tell the stories that move these concerns toward a wider audience. The idea is to take complex, interacting factors and show how they affect real people.

China’s Water-Energy-Food Roadmap: A New Global Choke Point Report

Broken Landscape: India’s Energy-Water Choke Point

Across the planet, two fundamental human needs --- energy and water --- often find themselves on a collision course. A new documentary looks at one such choke point in India, where coal mining and its negative environmental impact on water is the source of a regulatory battle with significant implications. We spoke with the filmmaker to learn more about this complex clash of needs. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

Event Summary: Climate Change Adaptation, Urban Planning, and the Private Sector in Colombia

On February 25, 2015, the Wilson Center's Latin American Program and USAID/Colombia convened a full day seminar with leaders from Colombian govenment ministries and private sector firms to discuss climate change adaptation, urban planning, and the role of the role of the private sector. National and international experts and policymakers presented case studies, delivered expert presentations, and engaged with representitives of naitonal, regional, and municipal government from across Colombia, as well as private sector representatives.

Island Communities: Resilience in the Face of Climate Change

While there’s no doubt that rising sea levels and other implications of climate change pose serious threats to island nations, it is also true that such locales have much experience adapting to harsh environments. Roger-Mark De Souza suggests that we can learn from island communities and that they have the potential to be “champions of resilience.” That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.