Environment Events

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Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman Gives Remarks at The Wilson Center

September 29, 2014 // 10:30am11:30am
Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman spoke on the revolutionary changes in the world’s energy environment that he has witnessed during his tenure.
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What’s Next? Celebrating 20 Years of the Environmental Change and Security Program

September 18, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Global crises like the Ebola outbreak force us to consider what “security” really means, said Sharon Burke, senior advisor for the New America Foundation. “Is security getting our kids to school and food on the table…or are you talking about military security and defense threats that require a weapon to counter?”

Dealing with a Toxic Legacy: Soil Pollution in China

September 18, 2014 // 9:00am10:30am
China Environment Forum
At this meeting Isabel Hilton (chinadialogue) will draw on new chinadialogue reporting on the causes and impacts of soil pollution in Hunan and other provinces. She will also highlight some of the researchers and NGOs investigating and promoting transparency on soil pollution. Qing Wang (World Bank) will discuss new World Bank projects that focus on soil clean-up of industrial sites across China and helping industrial parks better manage their waste.
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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 was 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.
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National Security and Climate Change: What Do We Need to Know?

July 29, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
The effects of climate change “are here now” and pose a “serious challenge” for the United States, said Alice Hill, White House senior advisor for preparedness and resilience.
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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.”
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Silver Buckshot: Alternative Pathways Towards Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

June 24, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
In 1986, global nuclear weapons stockpiles peaked at nearly 70,000 warheads. By the beginning of 2013, there were just over 17,000, with only 4,400 kept operational. This dramatic reduction was the fruit of a negotiation process that began in the late 1940s. In spite of incredible tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, negotiators were able to make progress once they focused on building trust with small, pragmatic steps, rather than starting with the complete elimination of all weapons.

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.

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