Climate Events

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Canadian Hydropower and the Clean Power Plan

April 29, 2015 // 9:00am11:30am
Canada Institute
This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to unveil its final rule for existing power plants as part of the Clean Power Plan. Hydropower, a zero-emission, dispatchable, base-load power source makes up more than half of renewable electricity generation in the United States. Canada supplies the United States with approximately 32 TWh of hydropower with room for significant additional expansion. Linked to the U.S. electricity grid through dozens of connections, Canadian hydropower exports have the potential to play an important role as states seek to reduce power sector emissions to comply with the Clean Power Plan.

Nudging Our Way towards Energy Efficiency: Psychology, Behavior and the Environment

April 23, 2015 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Science and Technology Innovation Program
Even as society seeks to improve overall energy efficiency, we make individual decisions every day that have a wasteful effect on our energy use, from driving rather than walking short distances to leaving our computers on when not in use. Please join us for a candid discussion about how psychology and behavioral economics can begin to address our most pressing energy and environmental challenges – and how this can potentially improve policy choices in government and beyond.
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Islands as Champions of Resilience

March 25, 2015 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Island communities are often reported in policy documents, academic papers, and the media as being “most vulnerable” to climate change and disasters. But how accurate is that assumption? Join three climate change experts for a discussion on reframing island states from victims of climate change to champions of resilience.
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The UN Sustainable Development Goals: 17 Goals or One?

March 18, 2015 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
The proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), being developed by the world community under the auspices of the UN, provide benchmarks for eradicating poverty, protecting the environment, and empowering people and communities. Join us as speakers from USAID, the World Resources Institute, and George Mason University discuss the current state of the SDGs and the challenges and opportunities for comprehensively pursuing the sustainable development goals.
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Environmental Review in Canada and the United States

March 18, 2015 // 9:00am10:30am
Canada Institute
On the morning of March 18, the Wilson Center's Canada Institute will host Helen Cutts, the Vice-President for Policy Development for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency for a round table discussion on the environmental review process in Canada and the United States.
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WEBCAST: The Advancing Climate-Resilient Development Symposium

March 16, 2015 // 9:00am4:30pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Climate Change Resilient Development (CCRD) is a four-year project in support of USAID’s Global Climate Change Office. CCRD activities have taken place throughout Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Panel Discussion of "Under the Dome"

March 12, 2015 // 2:40pm4:00pm
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
Under the Dome is a powerful and personal documentary on China’s air pollution by former CCTV reporter Chai Jing. Premiering on China’s Internet on the eve of nationwide political meetings, Under the Dome exceeded 200 million views in under a week and sparked a historic social media discussion. The film was initially lauded by China’s media and new Environmental Minister, but has since been removed from Chinese video sites such as Youku and Tencent.
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Resilience for Peace: A New Agenda

March 02, 2015 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
From Asia’s mushrooming urban centers to the remote highlands of Ethiopia, a new agenda for peace is emerging. By helping local communities build resilience to shared global challenges, we can forge bonds of trust that can help prevent conflict and pave the road to peace. Join us on Monday, March 2 to mark the launch of the Resilience for Peace Project, a collaboration between the Wilson Center and USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation.
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High Stakes: How This Year’s Climate Negotiations Will Impact National Security

February 12, 2015 // 9:00am10:30am
Environmental Change and Security Program
Experts expect the upcoming UN climate change summit will be the best chance to achieve a binding, universal agreement to limit carbon emissions. But the conference is not getting the attention it deserves from policymakers and the public, given the stakes, said Nick Mabey, founding director and chief executive of the UK-based environmental NGO E3G at the Wilson Center on February 12.
Podcast

The Ripple Effect of Dams and Water Transfer Projects in China

December 03, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
China’s water scarcity is driving the development of massive dams and water transfer projects, moving water from the water-rich south to the parched north. Hydropower, a low-carbon electricity source, already supplies 16% of the country’s power. At this meeting, speakers will look behind the water infrastructure trends in China and discuss some of the social and environmental challenges.

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