Apr 01, 2015
Across the planet, two fundamental human needs --- energy and water --- often find themselves on a collision course. A new documentary looks at one such choke point in India, where coal mining and its negative environmental impact on water is the source of a regulatory battle with significant implications. We spoke with the filmmaker to learn more about this complex clash of needs. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.
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.
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.
CEF Associate, Susan Chan Shifflett, Interviewed by the Guardian on China’s Food Security and Safety
Feb 19, 2015
For the past three decades an onslaught of urban development, desertification, and pollution has been eating away at China’s once-endless sprawl of tiny farms. How can the country address the dilemma of ramping up urbanization and maintaining food safety and security?
Nov 12, 2014
"13 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities are in India, with New Delhi at No. 1. Could the U.S. and India reach a climate deal similar to the new U.S.-China deal?" writes Michael Kugelman.
CEF Director Jennifer Turner was Interviewed by Vice News on China’s Air Pollution from Coal-burning
Nov 11, 2014
CEF Director, Jennifer Turner was quoted in a Vice News report on coal burning’s impacts on public health in China. Turner emphasized the coal-water choke points in the world’s second largest economy and that a quarter of China's electricity, mainly generated by coal, goes to making products for export.
Nov 10, 2014
Many fear that competition for fresh water will increasingly lead to conflict as the world’s most essential resource becomes more scarce. But a project involving Palestinian, Israeli, and Jordan youth, emanating from a region fraught with conflict, represents the possibility for cooperation instead of conflict. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.
Sep 04, 2014
The water-energy-food choke points China faces are not just China’s problems but have global linkages.
Jul 29, 2014
Asia is going through an unprecedented wave of urbanization. Secondary and tertiary cities are seeing the most rapid changes in land-use and ownership, social structures, and values as peri-urban and agricultural land become part of metropolitan cityscapes. All the while, climate change is making many of these fast-growing cities more vulnerable to disasters.
May 17, 2014
In China, where pork reigns supreme – they eat 81 pounds per person – there are now 94 pigs per 100 acres of cropland (in the U.S. there are 20 per 100 acres). And that concentration of animals is causing havoc in the environment. In fact, agriculture now plays a bigger role in causing water pollution than does industry in the country.