Climate News

Choke Point: Waiting for a Shale Breakthrough in China

Dec 05, 2012
Shale gas development promises to help resolve the confrontation between rising demand for energy and declining freshwater reserves, along with other potentially huge benefits, not the least of which is to the environment. But of all the big national projects that China has taken on in the last two decades, adding unconventional domestic sources of natural gas to the fuel supply has eluded China.

Africa UP Close

Dec 04, 2012
The Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity launch new blog - join the discussion today!

Video: Choke Point: China Part II

Nov 29, 2012
Choke Point: China is a collection of on-the-ground reporting that uses text, photographs, and interactive graphics to illustrate the potentially devastating confrontation between economic growth and the demands for water and energy – a crisis that is already manifesting across the world’s most populous country and is certain to grow more urgent over the next decade as China continues to develop. This video made by our parter Circle of Blue outlines China's water, energy, and food challenges.

Monitoring China's Waste Incineration and Air Pollution

Nov 19, 2012
The Wilson Center's China Environment Forum is proud to announce that we have recently published two new research briefs that examine air pollution monitoring and China's waste challenges, by CEF Summer Research Assistants Abi Barnes and Tara Sun Vanacore, respectively. Both briefs feature original, in-depth research and analysis, and they are available in CEF's publications section.

Introducing: Choke Point: China Part II

Oct 22, 2012
The Woodrow Wilson Center's China Environment Forum and Circle of Blue have been working on the next part of the Choke Point: China series with support from Skoll Global Threats Fund. Over the next several weeks, in infographics, photographs, and comprehensive articles, Choke Point: China Part II will examine the extraordinary measures that China is taking to shift the geography and production practices in its agriculture and energy sectors to provide adequate supplies of food, fossil fuels, and fresh water over the next decade.

U.S. Drought, Climate Change Could Lead to More Food Crises

Aug 16, 2012
As the world’s largest exporter of corn, soybeans, and wheat, the United States is vital to the global food market. But this summer has seen the country’s worst drought since 1956, and several other key grain-producing regions have been affected by abnormal weather this year as well.

In Mongolia, Climate Change and Mining Boom Threaten National Identity

Jul 24, 2012
Mongolia, a vast, sparsely populated country almost as large as Western Europe, is at once strikingly poor and strikingly rich. Its GDP per capita falls just below that of war-torn Iraq, and Ulan Bator has some of the worst air pollution ever recorded in a capital city. At the same time, Mongolia sits atop some of the world’s largest mineral reserves, worth trillions of dollars, and its economy, already one of the world’s fastest growing, could expand by a factor of six by the end of the decade as those reserves are developed.

Rio+20 and the World of Clarice

Jun 22, 2012
"As governments clearly fumbled in the face of the complex challenges of imagining and building a more equitable and sustainable economic growth model in the decades ahead, I saw senior business executives and leaders of civil society engaged in intelligent and productive dialogue about difficult issues," writes Paulo Sotero.

Population and Reproductive Health at Rio+20

Jun 19, 2012
Population dynamics have significant influence on sustainable development but the two have not always been seen as connected. ECSP’s Sandeep Bathala is in Rio de Janeiro for the landmark UN Conference on Sustainable Development to report on the efforts being made to integrate the two more closely.

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