World Population is Growing, but the Earth is Not: What is the Key to a Sustainable Future?

Population growth is speeding toward a number between 10 and 12 billion humans by the end of the century. That rate of growth makes the challenge of building a sustainable future a daunting task. But important research presented in a new book, “World Population and Human Capital in the 21st Century,” suggests that population growth projections overlook one crucial variable that could prove to be the ultimate game changer

Responding to Climate Change: Will New Warnings Lead to Action?

With every new report issued, increasingly dire warnings about present and future threats posed by a warming planet suggest a more vigorous response than has been seen to date. Political action has been slowed or stymied by ideological debates that have little to do with the world of science or realities on the ground. Such inaction raises questions about whether any sector of society is adequately responding to the challenge or if there is even time to do so. A new round of international meetings will soon begin. In anticipation of those efforts, and in response to recent reports, Roger-Mark De Souza provides insight into what to expect and describes issues that should be part of the agenda moving forward.

Preserving the Amazon: A Race Against Time

Researchers from the United States and the state of São Paulo met at a FAPESP (Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo) symposium in Washington, DC to present the latest findings from their studies of the Amazon. The “FAPESP-U.S. Collaborative Research on the Amazon” meeting was organized in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Brazil Institute of the Wilson Center. One of the featured speakers was noted biodiversity expert, Tom Lovejoy. We spoke with him about the state of the Amazon and efforts to preserve its endangered ecosystem.

Making Connections: 20 Years of Environmental Change and Security

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Population Challenges: Can Youth Lead the Way?

In this event to celebrate World Population Day, an expert panel discussed a number of strategies for strengthening communities and achieving a range of development goals such as providing appropriate sexual and reproductive health services and investment in education, especially for girls.

Who Owns The Arctic Part 7: Regional or Global Resource?

In this Context interview, Willy Østreng, Senior Researcher and Chairman of the Research Institute Ocean Futures in Oslo, shared his thoughts on the Arctic and how to best approach such a fragile ecosystem.

7 Billion People, One Planet

On the eve of World Population Day 2014, Roger-Mark De Souza, director of population,environmental security, and resilience for the Wilson Center discusses the latest thinking on population issues.

Does Natural Resource Scarcity Always Equal Conflict?

Must competition for resources, particularly in areas most affected by climate change, result in conflict? Or can education prevent conflict and lead to better solutions? Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience with the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program tackles these tough questions and more in this episode of Wilson Center NOW.