Severely eroded and deforested, Ethiopia's land is increasingly turning to desert, due to the country's high population growth, unsustainable land use, and lack of land ownership. Featuring footage from my trip to Ethiopia last year, this ECSP video production looks at the efforts of two projects to combat these devastating trends.
As Latin American nations work to combat poverty and underdevelopment, issues of environmental importance—from demographics to climate change—will come into play. Panelists discuss those trends and challenges.
According to last week's guest on dialogue, restoring environmental order and eradicating global poverty have become the two defining challenges of our era.
China and the United States are the world's biggest energy consumers, and both seek ways to reduce their carbon emissions to protect the environment. The Wilson Center's China Environment Forum is hosting a series of meetings to explore cleaner coal, renewable energy, and other bilateral energy efforts.
This week on dialogue host John Milewski explores the nation's changing demographics and what they may tell us about near and long term prospects for this vital U.S. ally with guests Michael Kugelman, Zeba Sathar, and Mehtab Karim.
Pakistan's population—currently about 185 million—is expected to rise to 335 million by 2050. On June 9, the Wilson Center hosted a day-long conference to examine both the challenges and opportunities of Pakistan's demographics, and to discuss how best to tackle the former and maximize the latter.
The Asia Program and Environmental Change and Security Program will host a conference on June 9, examining not a when-does-the-bomb-explode scenario, but instead one of what-if-any-steps-can-be-taken-to-put-the-bomb-out.
"Part of the outflow of migrants from rural areas of many Latin American countries has settled in remote rural areas, pushing the agricultural frontier further into the forest," writes David López-Carr in a recent article in Population & Environment, "The population, agriculture, and environment nexus in Latin America." In a May 4 presentation at the LAC Economic Growth and Environment Strategic Planning Workshop in Panama City, Panama, he discussed how to integrate family planning and environmental services in rural Latin America.
"It takes a network to confront a network," Gen. David Petraeus said of his strategy as commander of U.S. Central Command. In a conversation at the Woodrow Wilson Center on April 13, Petraeus discussed the complexity of issues in the Central Command area and the need to take a holistic approach toward solutions to them.