Climate change poses fundamental economic, agricultural, political and security challenges to the United States, says former Congressman Lee Hamilton. The clock is running, and the world needs to act on what is perhaps the most complex item to ever appear on the international agenda.
The effects of climate change have become increasingly linked to global security issues. The October cover story of Centerpoint looks at how the Environmental Change and Security Program has explored the threats and opportunities posed by the problem of climate change.
The scientists and policymakers working to protect the planet may have overlooked one of the easiest, cheapest ways to reduce carbon emissions: contraception.
SEPTEMBER 2009- The Woodrow Wilson Center's ECSP and China Environment Forum received a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to investigate Asia's most serious environmental challenges by bringing together global experts to hold discussions that will enable us to identify trends and opportunities to improve Asia's future environment. The report is now available online.
SEPTEMBER 2009--Pakistan, already plagued by widespread water shortages, is expected to become water-scarce by 2035--though some experts project this may happen as soon as 2020, if not earlier. This new publication examines Pakistan's water pressures, focusing on both rural and urban angles, and suggests ways forward.
For his fellowship, David Hawxhurst will attend an immersive five-day experience for journalists interested in learning more about climate change and the environment.
AUGUST 2009--As the impacts of climate change on national security are beginning to receive attention at the highest levels of government, climate-security experts must avoid oversimplifying these complex connections, ECSP Director Geoff Dabelko writes in two new articles.
As the Smithsonian Institution enters a globalizing technological era, so must its mission expand its focus. At a Director's Forum at the Wilson Center, Secretary Wayne Clough laid out three global challenges that the Smithsonian plans to address: science, particularly global warming and biodiversity; education; and issues of national identity.
JUNE 2009--The Sierra Club's Roger-Mark De Souza Explains the Integration Imperative in the Latest Issue of Focus
More than 150 researchers and policymakers debated the focus on people in discussions of global environmental change at the capstone conference of the Global Environmental Change and Human Security (GECHS) Project. ECSP Director Geoff Dabelko reports from Oslo.