Environment News


Making Connections: 20 Years of Environmental Change and Security

Oct 14, 2014
Twenty years ago, many of the key environmental issues of the day, and their implications for national and global security, were too often discussed in isolation. Silo walls were rarely breached, and key players in the public and private sectors did not engage on a regular basis. Enter the Environmental Change and Security Program of the Wilson Center, an undertaking specifically designed to make connections between those that can achieve more working together than would ever be possible while acting separately. An all-star panel looks back at what's been achieved while also assessing the challenges that lie ahead.

Cautious Optimism: China’s Nuclear Energy Safety Measures Improving

Oct 06, 2014
Motivated in part by mounting public pressure to cut down on the smog created by more than 600 coal-fired power plants, China’s nuclear energy capacity is growing faster than any other country in the world.

Environmental Change and Security: A Look Back and Ahead With the Founder

Oct 03, 2014
In this Context interview, P.J. Simmons, founder of the Environmental Change and Security Program, discussed the history behind the program and a look forward.

Hong Kong is Not Tiananmen

Oct 02, 2014
"At first glance, Russia's ally China seems to be in big trouble, with the protests in Hong Kong and fears of a new Tiananmen Square. Yet they might be overblown. Given the current situation in Hong Kong, China’s most likely course of action is to make some concessions, arrest protest leaders and discipline local authorities," writes Fellow Jack Goldstone.

VOA Reported CEF Event on Soil Pollution in China

Oct 01, 2014
VOA reported CEF event on China’s soil pollution. Isabel Hilton, the editor of chinadialogue, and Qing Wang from the World Bank spoke at the September 18th meeting.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner was Interviewed by BBC on UN New York Climate Conference

Sep 30, 2014
On Sep 28, CEF Director Jennifer Turner was interviewed by BBC In the Balance with other environmental experts discussing about global warming. During the interview, Turner commented on China's efforts and ambitions of curbing carbon emission and expanding renewable energy, as well as its water-energy-agriculture nexus.

INFOGRAPHIC: Interlinked U.S.-China Food Trade

Sep 22, 2014
Rising demand for meat and resource constraints are pushing China to look overseas. At the same time, China's food security continues to be haunted by food safety scandals - from melamine-laced milk to adulterated meat. These issues are opening up new opportunities for U.S.-China business.

Does Climate Change Pose a Threat to U.S. National Security?

Sep 04, 2014
According to a symposium of national leaders, profound and pervasive changes are already underway. They say that climate change related changes are affecting infrastructure, commerce, and the military in ways that compromise national security. Their discussion is the focus of this edition of REWIND.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Delivered a Choke Point China Talk at World Water Week

Sep 04, 2014
The water-energy-food choke points China faces are not just China’s problems but have global linkages.

CEF Associate, Susan Chan Shifflett, Interviewed by BBC on Heinz Infant Cereal and China's Food Safety

Sep 02, 2014
US food manufacturer Heinz recalled a baby cereal in China, which again caused mounting public concerns on food safety.