If people do not know scientists or understand how they work, it follows that they are unlikely to make informed choices on public policy issues or support basic scientific research to address vital issues like climate change and conservation, writes Wilson Center Scholar Louise Lief.
What happens when the world’s second most populous nation reaches an energy, food, and water choke point? Asia Program Associate Michael Kugelman discusses India's looming resource shortages.
Traditionally, U.S. foreign aid has relied heavily on government funded initiatives. But new models built around public-private partnerships are providing hope for better results. A National Conversation discussion focused on this emerging activity and also included a keynote address from USAID Administrator, Rajiv Shah.
Beyond partisan political debates, scientists are attempting to understand the reality and implications of a warming planet. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a new report that assesses a wide range of vulnerabilities related to rising temperatures. In this interview, Geoff Dabelko comments on the report's findings.
What are the environment issues that will dominate headlines in 2014? That’s the question that was addressed during a recent Wilson Center event. The panel’s keynote speaker, Larry Pearl of Bloomberg BNA, paid particular attention to the perspective of the business community and the stories that will be most important to that constituency.
Bloomberg BNA is a leading provider of news to businesses around the world. We spoke with its director of environmental news, Larry Pearl, to learn about the issues that are of most interest to his clients. He provides insight into how the business community views climate change and also about a regulatory issue that may be rising in prominence.
As policymakers respond to the threat of climate and environmental change, the concept of resilience has found itself at the center of discussion. Few scientists and policymakers, however, can come to a consensus on how to define, evaluate, and build resilience.
Sandeep Bathala, Senior Program Associate for the Environmental Change and Security Program and the Maternal Health Initiative at the Wilson Center, discusses Gender Based Violence and explores ethical questions surrounding the use of new technologies to combat what some describe as a global epidemic.
Extreme emergencies like Super Typhoon Haiyan are becoming more frequent and more destructive. If we get serious about resilience, we could reduce our vulnerability and rebuild better.