Environment Publications

Seven Ways 7 Billion People Affect the Environment and Security

Jan 11, 2013
Today’s population of 7 billion people has a significant impact on the planet’s natural resources and on global security. Seven critical challenges—security, climate change, water scarcity, food insecurity, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and future population growth—are affected by population dynamics in complex ways that demand holistic solutions. One effective and relatively inexpensive way to meet these challenges is to empower women by improving their access to education and health care, including family planning.

Snapshot: China's Waste Challenge

Nov 19, 2012
Every year, China generates 250 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW), or one quarter of the world’s total annual waste.To help deal with this problem, 155 incineration facilities currently operate in China, with an expected 300 facilities to be online by 2015. However, these plants vary drastically in their ability to control pollution and toxic waste from China’s incinerators is occasionally dumped into ponds or landfilled, belying the clean and renewable image promoted by the government. For citizens troubled by a lack of information from the government about incineration plants before and during construction, NGOs and grassroots organizations serve to fill the gap as sources of information, legal services, and advice.

Kite Sensorship: Regulating China’s Airways

Oct 26, 2012
Launched in July 2012, FLOAT Beijing—a community art project that utilizes citizen science—offers a simple, innovative, and non-confrontational approach to air quality monitoring: kites. Pioneered by two U.S. graduate students, the project tracks air pollutants using air sensor modules attached to kites.

Sustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy

Sep 24, 2012
Sustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy provides a governmental and private-sector overview of the complex dynamics of competition and cooperation behind U.S. and Chinese national efforts to develop their solar, wind, and other alternative energy industries. It assesses systemic differences in clean energy policy between the United States and China and identifies areas of congruence as well as disparity.

Energy and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa: Global Crisis, Local Impacts

Jun 08, 2012
Agriculture and energy production play an enormous roles in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This paper provides detailed analysis on the food and energy crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa through the glasses of African stakeholders.

Taiwan's Energy Conundrum

May 22, 2012
Asia Program Special Report No. 146 by Ssu-Li Chang, Herng-Shinn Hwang, Chi-Yuan Liang, and Hongyi Lai. Edited by Bryce Wakefield.

After the Disaster: Rebuilding Communities

Mar 29, 2012
This report draws from the dialogue and seminar papers shared at an April 2011 meeting co-hosted by the Wilson Center and the Fetzer Institute to explore how best to respond to disasters. Highlighting the complex nature of disaster response and exploring ways to overcome the inherent tension between those responding to disasters and the local community, the discussion centered on how to identify the strengths of a community and use technology to better engage the local community and provide effective, sustainable relief.