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.
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.
The international community must build and sustain cooperation in a changing multilateral world—a world in which the categories of First and Third World no longer apply, said World Bank President Robert Zoellick. At a Director's Forum at the Wilson Center on April 14, Zoellick said dealing with the wide range of intensifying global challenges requires adapting to an ever-changing global economic environment.
Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, the United Kingdom's Climate Security Envoy, writes about the similarities between UK and U.S. perspectives on the national security implications of climate change in a piece also published on the Environmental Change and Security Program's blog, New Security Beat.
The new edition of the book co-edited by University of Maryland Professor Ken Conca and ECSP Director Geoff Dabelko covers key debates about climate, water, forests, toxics, energy, food, biodiversity, and other environmental challenges of the twenty-first century. It is available now from Westview Press.
"Water is quickly replacing oil as our most valuable natural resource," said Diane Rehm leading into the show. ECSP Director Geoff Dabelko joined Julia Bucknall of the World Bank and author and journalist Steve Solomon to discuss water scarcity, public health, national security, and the global economy.