Yunnan is a microcosm of the intertwined challenges facing China; climate change, strained water resources, and rising energy and food demand to meet the demands of the world’s largest country are together forming a Choke Point that cannot be ignored. In a striking example of one such growing water-energy-food choke point, Yunnan's Nuozhadu Dam on the Mekong River is located in Pu'er, the epicenter of Yunnan's coffee growing boom. Yunnan's looming threats of drought, dams, development, and deforestation are making the need for sustainable water practices, like those in Starbucks' C.A.F.E. Practices, all the more urgent.
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This publication is the result of an ongoing collaboration between the UN Environmental Programme's Division of Early Warning and Assessment and the Environmental Change and Security Project at the Wilson Center, exploring the environment and security nexus.
Environmental Peacemaking, Healthy Communities, Effective Leadership and Institutions: Reflections from an Environmental Justice Community: Harlem
Paper contribution to January 2010 seminar on environmental peacebuilding.
Illegal wildlife trafficking is the third-largest criminal industry worldwide, involving $20 billion in global trade each year. At a meeting co-sponsored by the China Environment Forum and the Brazil Institute, experts discussed the nature of the wildlife trafficking industry and the challenges in fighting it.
The 1999 issue of the ECSP Report includes features on population, urbanization, environment, and security; agriculture and conflict; and environmental change, security, and social conflicts in the Brazilian Amazon. This issue also includes a look at the University of Michigan Population Fellows Program.
APRIL 2008—Lori Hunter Discusses Benefits of Integrating Population, Health, Environment
The Center's Environmental Change & Security Project and UNAIDS have hosted two seminars in a three-part series on the global AIDS agenda. This story looks at the epidemic that is spreading quickly to East Europe and East Asia and is growing disproportionately among women and girls, as well as the U.S. relief plan that injects billions of dollars toward prevention and treatment, the largest commitment ever by a single nation toward an international health initiative. A third seminar, to take place this spring, will address AIDS in the military.
FEBRUARY 2007—New Strategy Focuses on Governance, Accountability