Environment Events

The Devouring Dragon: How China’s Rise Threatens Our Natural World

April 04, 2013 // 9:00am10:30am
China Environment Forum
While China’s rise is often viewed through its wide-ranging political and economic effects on the world, its growing impacts on the physical planet will leave a more permanent legacy. In his new book, The Devouring Dragon, Craig Simons argues that China’s growing consumer demands have pushed China from being a small player in global resource consumption to its most voracious participant in just a decade. China’s transition is already having massive impacts on the environment.

Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War

March 27, 2013 // 10:30am12:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
While there has been much research on the effect of valuable natural resource extraction on a state’s domestic development (e.g., the “resource curse”), Wilson Center Fellow Jeff Colgan focuses on how natural resource extraction affects foreign policy. In 'Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War,' Colgan finds that “petrostates” – countries where revenue from oil exports exceeds 10 percent of GDP – are twice as likely to engage in inter-state conflict than non-petrostates.

Environmental Film Festival: 'Vision: The PORTSfuture Projects'

March 22, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
The third film being hosted by the Wilson Center as part of this year's Environmental Film Festival is 'Vision: The PORTSfuture Projects,' on the decontamination and rehabilitation of one of the United States' first uranium enrichment facilities.
Webcast

Environmental Film Festival: PHE in Tanzania & International Peace Parks

March 19, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Environmental security and international development aren’t typical movie-going fare, but at the 2013 DC Environmental Film Festival, ECSP premiered two short documentaries with unique environmental stories: ECSP's own 'Healthy People, Healthy Environment: Integrated Development in Tanzania' and 'Transcending Boundaries: Perspectives from the Central Albertine Rift Transfrontier Protected Area Network.'
Webcast

Shale Gas Revolution in China: Game Changer for Coal?

March 15, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
According to China’s 12th Fifth-Year Plan, the Chinese government is prioritizing more gas in the energy mix, using it as a “bridging” fuel between coal and a cleaner energy future. Although a shale and natural gas revolution is unlikely, at least in the short-term, these forms of energy offer promise of a more low-carbon development path for China.

Environmental Film Festival: 'Beijing Besieged by Waste'

March 14, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
China Environment Forum
With a population of around 20 million and growing, Beijing’s residents produce unfathomable amounts of waste every day. Between 2008 and 2010, photographer and filmmaker Wang Jiuliang traveled to hundreds of legal and illegal landfills around the capital city to document the less considered side of China’s economic ascent.
Thomas Mulcair
Webcast

Building a Balanced, Sustainable Economy in North America and Around the World: A Conversation with Thomas Mulcair

March 13, 2013 // 10:00am11:00am
Canada Institute
Please join the Wilson Center for a discussion with Thomas Mulcair, leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party and Leader of the Official Opposition. Touching on issues including energy, trade, and foreign investment, Mr. Mulcair will present his vision for building a sustainable future for Canada’s economy, while promoting the values Canada and the United States share on the world stage.

China’s Climate Change Challenge

March 13, 2013 // 9:00am10:30am
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
NOTE: We are no longer accepting RSVPs for this event. Seating will be on a first come-first serve basis, so please arrive early to ensure seating.
Webcast

Meeting the North American Energy Infrastructure Challenge

March 07, 2013 // 9:00am12:00pm
Canada Institute
Our distinguished panel discussed the various methods for energy transportation, the regulatory and legal issues involved in building energy infrastructure, and the environmental and safety risks associated with these projects.

Postponed: Improving Health and the Environment Through Integrated System Approaches

March 06, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
This event is postponed due to inclement weather. Today’s health and environment issues are complex and interconnected. By embracing holistic viewpoints and finding commonalities in problem-solving, organizations like Health in Harmony (HIH) and Pathfinder’s SCIP (Strengthening Communities through Integrated Programming) have successfully and sustainably tackled seemingly un-related health and environment issues in Indonesia and Mozambique. This panel will highlight examples of integrated system approaches in both programs and will share best practices for combining development projects in health and non-health technical areas.

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