Climate News

Let's Celebrate the 45th Earth Day — and Tackle climate change — by thinking both big and small.

Apr 22, 2015
"When Earth Day was first celebrated 45 years ago, it helped inspire big solutions to a daunting domestic agenda to fix significantly impaired air and water. The U.S. and the world seemed prepared to think — and act — big. But for climate change, we need to think big and small," writes Ruth Greenspan Bell and Elke Weber.

Roger-Mark De Souza on Building Political Will for Integrated Development

Apr 21, 2015
Earlier this month, Roger-Mark De Souza took part in an Aspen Institute roundtable on international climate negotiations, the Sustainable Development Goals, and reproductive health and rights. Women are essential to meeting climate and development goals, and yet all too often their needs - especially their sexual and reproductive health and rights - are secondary in these discussions.
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A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate Change

Apr 20, 2015
“A New Climate for Change: Taking Action on Climate Change and Fragility Risk,” is the name of an independent report commissioned by G7 members. The report says that climate change is “a global threat to security” and goes on to suggest that “we must act quickly to limit future risks to the planet we share and the to the peace we seek.” We spoke to one of the report’s contributing authors to learn more about the challenges presented. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Climate Change & Fragility as a Foreign Policy Priority: A New G7 Report

Apr 15, 2015
At the close of a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Lübeck today, a new independent report titled "A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks" was released. The report, co-authored by the Wilson Center, recommends concrete actions that foreign ministers can take to increase the resilience of fragile and conflict-affected states to climate-related security risks.

Telling Tales of Complex Connections

Apr 01, 2015
On March 24 we hosted the DC Environmental Film Festival to screen two new documentaries, each telling local stories of global trends. SPSS Blog, the weekly blog of the Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy journal, came to the Wilson Center to cover the event.
Image of Cartagena Colombia - via Wikimedia Commons

Event Summary: Climate Change Adaptation, Urban Planning, and the Private Sector in Colombia

Mar 31, 2015
Summary and materials from the event, "Cambio Climatico y Planificacion Territorio: Casos de Estudio de Adaptacion en Politicas Urabanas y Sector Privado" in Bogota, Colombia.
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Island Communities: Resilience in the Face of Climate Change

Mar 27, 2015
While there’s no doubt that rising sea levels and other implications of climate change pose serious threats to island nations, it is also true that such locales have much experience adapting to harsh environments. Roger-Mark De Souza suggests that we can learn from island communities and that they have the potential to be “champions of resilience.” That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Roger-Mark De Souza on Population Growth and Sustainable Development

Feb 05, 2015
Population and the environment are clearly linked, but it’s not a simple equation of fewer people = fewer problems. Roger-Mark DeSouza, director of population, environmental security, and resilience for the Wilson Center, draws the line between population and every other important issue currently facing humans — climate change, urban development, global politics, poverty, the gender gap, and more — in this in-depth interview.

China's Hottest Tech Giants Join the 'War on Pollution'

Jan 31, 2015
"While the government struggles to keep the country’s airways clean, these companies are enabling ordinary Chinese citizens to take environmental health into their own hands," writes Susan Chan Shifflett.

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