The Year Ahead in Environment and Energy

Feb 25, 2015
From falling oil prices to the ongoing impact of climate change, there will be no shortage of energy and environment news in the coming months. The Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and the Society of Environmental convened a third annual event providing a look ahead at the issues and events that will define the year in the areas of environment and energy. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Food Security & Population Dynamics in the Sahel

Feb 06, 2015
Africa’s Sahel region is one of the most harsh environments on the planet with one of the highest birth rates as well. Food security, particularly when combined with population dynamics and the impact of climate change, is a monumental challenge. The Wilson Center’s Roger-Mark De Souza just returned from Niger, where he met with experts from a variety of countries for the purpose of identifying what works and what doesn’t. We discuss what he learned in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Roger-Mark De Souza on Population Growth and Sustainable Development

Feb 05, 2015
Population and the environment are clearly linked, but it’s not a simple equation of fewer people = fewer problems. Roger-Mark DeSouza, director of population, environmental security, and resilience for the Wilson Center, draws the line between population and every other important issue currently facing humans — climate change, urban development, global politics, poverty, the gender gap, and more — in this in-depth interview.

Robin Bronen: To Help Alaskans Adapt, Make it Easier to Relocate

Jan 30, 2015
“Human rights and climate change are completely interlinked,” says Robin Bronen in this week’s podcast, and “climate change is happening in Alaska faster than anywhere else on the planet.”

Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

Jan 05, 2015
According to author, journalist, and professor Alan Weisman everyone “is addicted to energy and food,” and more people equals resources stretched beyond capacity. In this Context interview about his new book, Weisman tackles the big issue of population growth and the one x-factor he believes holds the key to a sustainable future.

Roger-Mark De Souza on Population Growth and Climate Change in Newsweek

Dec 19, 2014
As part of its Silver Bullet series, Newsweek Magazine spoke to Roger-Mark De Souza about population growth and climate change. On the one hand, De Souza told Newsweek, population growth inevitably impacts how vulnerable a community, state, or country is to climate change. And yet, he said, climate policies and initiatives rarely take population issues, like voluntary access to reproductive health services and family planning, into consideration.

Resource Media: Starting to break the “green ceiling”

Dec 17, 2014
This summer, a comprehensive report found that environmental organizations and agencies have yet to break down the 12-16% “green ceiling” for recruiting and retaining people of color to their staff. At a panel discussion of the Green 2.0 report held at the National Press Club, ECSP Director Roger-Mark De Souza said, ““Diversity of perspective, of approach, of experience, matters. That difference makes all the difference.”

Roger-Mark De Souza on Linking Climate, Security and Development to Fragility in Haiti

Dec 12, 2014
As part of the Fall 2014 Haiti Dialogue Series organized by the Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program, Roger-Mark de Souza joined a group of faculty, researchers, students and policymakers to discuss the latest research linking climate change, natural hazards, development and fragility in Haiti.

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

Dec 05, 2014
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?

Nov 14, 2014
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.