Environment News

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.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Quoted in U.S. News & World Report Article on China's Commitment to Reducing Carbon Emissions

Sep 25, 2015
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the White House on Thursday may seem like just another in a long line of general diplomatic meetings where much is discussed but little is resolved​​​​​​​​​​​. But behind closed doors the Obama administration has built a stable diplomatic relationship with China that shows no signs of collapsing, experts say, even as the discussion between the two superpowers becomes increasingly blunt.

Canadian and U.S. Elections: Convergences and Divergences

Sep 23, 2015
Canadian and U.S. elections are approaching. Since the Canada Institute audience is located in both the United States and Canada, we decided to look for a guest analyst who could explain and compare the major dynamics in both countries. For this job, there is no better person than Eduardo Del Buey. Eduardo is a former Canadian diplomat who has held senior communications positions in the United Nations, Organization of American States and Commonwealth Secretariat.

Change on Climate Change

Sep 23, 2015
"The current attempts to tackle climate change on an international level, undertaken by the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change diminishes its own likelihood for success in its attempt to create a sweeping plan for change. A few relatively simple changes, however, could help break the UNFCCC's repetitive cycle of failure that has progressed slowly and accomplished little," writes Ruth Greenspan Bell.

Evaluating the US-India Strategic Agenda

Sep 16, 2015
" The U.S. government acting alone simply does not have the resources to make much difference to economic growth in India even though India needs outside help. At times this seems hard for the Indian side to understand and even harder for the U.S. side to admit." said Raymond E. Vickery

Climate Change Adaptation in Latin America & The Caribbean: What Will it Take to Build Resilient Communities?

Sep 10, 2015
The Latin America and Caribbean region is particularly vulnerable to some of the most challenging aspects of climate change. The Wilson Center has been part of an effort to convene key stakeholders in the region and to explore promising tools in climate change adaptation through a series of seminars. Recently top experts and policymakers from those seminars in Colombia, Barbados, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Peru, gathered at the Center to further broaden the dialogue. Biologist and Wilson Center consultant, Carmen Lacambra, provides Context on progress and remaining challenges.