Environment Events

Platforms, Pipelines & Policies: Energy & Security in China and Asia Pacific

September 17, 2014 // 10:30am12:00pm
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
China’s search for expanded, more reliable, and more sustainable sources of energy to fuel its development has become a major driver of China’s foreign relations. The challenges and opportunities of China’s rise cannot be understood without expert appraisal of its energy needs and strategies – and consideration of alternative policy responses. China and its periphery will be the focus of the second in the Wilson Center’s series on Regional and Global Energy Issues, which was launched in July 2014.
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Preempting Environmental and Human Security Crises in Africa: Science-Based Planning for Climate Variability Threats

August 20, 2014 // 10:00am1:00pm
Africa Program
Development and poverty reduction are inextricably linked to the water, energy and security nexus in Africa. There was some consensus that the impact of climate variability and extreme climate events depends not only on the severity of the crisis, but also on the vulnerability of the affected population – which is correlated with the level of development along with governance and other socio-cultural factors. Just as poverty can put communities at an increased level of vulnerability, so can sustainable development lead to improvements in climate-resilience and human security.
Webcast

National Security and Climate Change: What Do We Need to Know?

July 29, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
What do a White House senior adviser, a member of Congress, scientists, military planners, and business people have in common? At a June 4 symposium with 36 leaders from federal agencies, state and local government, research organizations, business, and academia, they all agreed that climate change is having an impact on national security that will only increase with time. This briefing will focus on the key recommendations and consensus points that emerged from the June discussion and highlight the next steps for action.
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Environmental Dimensions of Sustainable Recovery: Learning From Post-Conflict & Disaster Response

June 25, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Environmental Change and Security Program
“Environmental specialists need to change,” said Anita van Breda at the Wilson Center on June 25. “In the new normal, our work has to have a different relevancy.”
Webcast

Silver Buckshot: Alternative Pathways Towards Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

June 24, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
The solution to climate change is often framed as a series of “silver bullets” – for the United States, comprehensive domestic legislation; for the rest of the world, a major international agreement led by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The unprecedented scale and complexity of the climate challenge, however, suggests the need for a more flexible solution – “silver buckshot.”

Briefing on the Impact of Climate Change to Indigenous Communities

June 18, 2014 // 1:00pm2:00pm
Brazil Institute
On Wednesday, June 18, the Brazil Institute, in collaboration with the Congressional Progressive Caucus will hold a briefing on the implications of climate change to indigenous populations.

Protecting the Russian Environment: Challenges, Attitudes, and Public Health

June 10, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
Russia is home to some of the world’s most polluted industrial sites, and Russians themselves are commonly perceived as ambivalent about steps necessary to protect the environment, especially if such steps might come at the cost of jobs. The speakers assessed current social concern in Russia over the environment, with particular attention paid to regional differences.

Where Is the Blue Carbon Going?

May 21, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Brazil Institute
On May 21, a panel of leading experts discussed the importance of blue carbon and the ramifications of its release.
Webcast

Raising the Bar for REDD+: Strengthening the Role of Women and Gender Equality

May 16, 2014 // 11:30am1:30pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Since 2005, the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program (REDD+) has functioned as a mechanism to financially incentivize the preservation of forestlands in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But beyond its original use, some organizations have also started exploring ways it can help with other development initiatives, like women’s empowerment.
Webcast

National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change

May 15, 2014 // 1:00pm2:30pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Climate change poses a serious threat to U.S. national security and is becoming a “catalyst for conflict” in vulnerable countries, according to a panel of retired military leaders.

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