Environment News

A Little Bit of Sugar Helps the Pill Go Down: Resilience, Peace, and Family Planning

Nov 03, 2015
A recent article by Malcolm Potts, Aafreen Mahmood, and Alisha Graves of the University of California Berkeley’s OASIS Initiative notes that family planning has an important role to play in building peace by increasing women’s empowerment and their agency. “The pill is mightier than the sword,” as they put it.

How to Donate to Hurricane Disaster Relief in Mexico

Oct 23, 2015
Within 24 hours, Hurricane Patricia intensified into the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. Damage from Hurricane Patricia is expected to be catastrophic but you can help those who are mobilizing to help the people of Mexico. Here are a few ways to donate.

What Does Canada’s New PM Mean for the US?

Oct 22, 2015
"Trudeau presents an optimistic view of economic growth that embraces new trade agreements and diversification of trading partners, expansion of energy infrastructure, including pipelines, and strong support for clean technology and climate change mitigation," writes Laura Dawson.

The Polar Initiative

Oct 09, 2015
The Wilson Center’s newest initiative is focusing on the changing environments at the Earth’s poles. From melting ice to energy production and the daily lives of residents, the Arctic and Antarctic will be receiving increased attention and the Wilson Center’s Polar Initiative will be ahead of the curve on many of those emerging topics. We spoke with David Biette, director of the new initiative, and that discussion provides the focus for this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Lessons Learned from China's ETA Pilot Programs, says CEF Director Jennifer Turner in Xinhua News

Oct 08, 2015
China's march toward a low-carbon economy and establishing a global energy network will bring more opportunities than risks. The commitment of a nation-wide carbon market will make China's intentions clear to businesses and investor about its shift to a low-carbon economy.

Shell Halts Arctic Drilling

Oct 06, 2015
Wilson Center Polar initiative Director David Biette describes the implications of Shell Oil’s decision to halt Arctic drilling. Is this a victory for environmentalists or does it have more to do with the price of oil?

Algae: Solution to Climate Change?

Oct 06, 2015
Even with efforts to address the effects of climate change gaining momentum, it will take innovative approaches to address various goals being established by a variety of countries. One such idea is the use of microalgae as a feed source for livestock. Brian Walsh believes that replacing current feed crops with algae could yield big results toward providing a solution to climate change. In fact, his research indicates a potential for reducing atmospheric carbon concentrates to preindustrial levels by the end of the century.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Quoted in the Washington Post on China's Cap and Trade Plan

Oct 01, 2015
Chinese President Xi Jinping made his commitment to introduce a nationwide cap and trade program to limit greenhouse gas emissions. However, the effectiveness of the emissions trading system, now being used by seven Chinese cities, will hinge on how the system is designed and implemented.

Does China Have the Institutions to Make Cap and Trade Work?

Oct 01, 2015
"We can applaud its announced commitment to carbon trading, but we should be forewarned: Cap-and-trade is a tool lifted from a very different system of governance. Carbon trading in China may be an experiment the world cannot afford," writes Ruth Greenspan Bell.

Concern Over China’s Cap and Trade Program

Sep 30, 2015
While many cheered the announcement of China’s “cap and trade” program, there is some concern over whether or not it can work. Ruth Greenspan Bell comments.