Environmental Security News

Oakland’s Web of Waters Shapes New Economy, Civic Energy

Jul 15, 2015
In March 1999, not long after he was sworn in as the 47th mayor of Oakland, Jerry Brown called Lesley Estes, the supervisor of the city’s watershed protection program. Brown, who is now California’s governor, wanted the city staffer he called “Creek Lady” to describe the most formidable ideas she had to conserve natural areas, make parks more beautiful, and clean up the city’s waters.

Roger-Mark De Souza on Resilience and the UN Climate Talks

Jul 01, 2015
Roger-Mark De Souza was quoted alongside UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Robert Redford in an Inter-Press Service article on this year's climate talks in Paris. IPS turned to De Souza to learn more about how resilience should factor into the negotiations.

Infographic: Water Scarcity and Energy Development in Northern Mexico

Jun 30, 2015
Northern Mexico is becoming a hot spot in Mexican energy development. This infographic is drawn from our publication “Water Scarcity Could Deter Energy Developers from Crossing Border Into Northern Mexico."

Nightmare Scenarios

Jun 28, 2015
"Groundwater is water security’s last resort — it is what we tap into when surface supplies run dry. And yet in Pakistan, this safety net is fraying. The country’s water security blanket is in danger of being yanked away," writes Michael Kugelman.
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World Population Day 2015: Demographic Resilience

Jun 23, 2015
As events and discussions centered around World Population Day 2015 begin and continue, we spoke with the Wilson Center’s Roger-Mark De Souza about the concept of “demographic resilience.” De Souza offers thoughts on its usefulness as a lens through which to view and assess the overall health of a community.

CEF Director, Jennifer Turner, was interviewed by CCTV America on China’s water solution

Jun 11, 2015
Water shortages are giving rise to the transformation of Chinese cities into what’s called ‘sponge cities’ where rain water is collected rather than allowed to run off. CEF Director, Jennifer Turner was interviewed by CCTV America on water solutions in China.

Grupo de congresistas demócratas apoyan suspensión de glifosato en el país

May 15, 2015
Cynthia Arnson is interviewed in this piece about the suspension of aerial spraying in Colombia. The video and article are in Spanish.

CEF Director, Jennifer Turner, quoted by Times of India on the lessons from China's ChokePoint crisis

May 13, 2015
The Times of India reported on Dr. Jennifer Turner's talk on China's environmental challenges and the lessons they hold for other countries.
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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.

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