Environment Publications

Transforming Earthquake Detection and Science through Citizen Seismology

Jun 28, 2013
This white paper describes a groundbreaking system of citizen science projects by the U.S. Geological Survey and other scientific institutions to detect and monitor earthquakes and engage the public in scientific research about seismic events. These approaches seek to provide a more robust earthquake alert network and generate more real-time motion data. The paper also looks at how future efforts could be improved. Successful crowdsourcing projects at the federal level must navigate a web of practical, legal and policy considerations. This paper identifies some of these hurdles and provides lessons learned so that others may apply them to their unique missions. more

Going Beyond AGOA: Ideas for a Trans-Atlantic Partnership with Africa

Jun 27, 2013
This is an ambitious but realistic & practical way to enhance AGOA by not just ensuring prompt and seamless renewal of U.S. market access provisions for African imports, but also promoting a level playing field for U.S. investment in Africa and encouraging American participation in sub Saharan Africa’s regional infrastructural development. more

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INTERACTIVE: China’s West-East Electricity Transfer Project

Jun 26, 2013
CEF is proud to announce that we are launching our first interactive infographic – a map of China’s West-East Electricity Transfer Project. The map underscores China’s energy and water imbalances and the looming choke point China faces in terms of water, food, and energy security. The map also illustrates how consumer goods made in China’s factories along its eastern coast are powered by coal and hydropower in the country’s western provinces. more

Minegolia Part I: China and Mongolia’s Mining Boom

Jun 21, 2013
This new CEF research brief examines the growing water-energy confrontation in Mongolia linked to foreign direct investment, particularly from China. The dilemma facing Mongolia’s policymakers is how to balance economic development and environmental sustainability with an expanding conflict over water allocation between people and industry. more

Trends in Soviet Policies for Developing Water Resources (1988)

Jun 21, 2013
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #226, 1988. PDF 41 pages. more

瓶颈:全球水源—粮食—能源危机的最前线

Jun 07, 2013
淡水资源短缺,粮食供给波动,能源需求剧增,这三大趋势的碰撞正在扰乱世界各地的经济发展、政府运作及环境健康。与粮食、能源不同,水资源难以再生。人为的浪费、污染及管理不当本已造成水资源的短缺,因气候变化而加剧的旱涝灾害使得粮食和能源的瓶颈变得更为迫切。 复杂的挑战需要全面的分析与创新的对策。威尔逊中心与蓝圈的研究团队正在中国、澳大利亚、美国、印度及其他全球前沿报道水源—粮食—能源的危机。我们最先报道了煤炭行业消耗中国20%的珍贵水资源。 more

Introducing Global Choke Point

Jun 07, 2013
The Woodrow Wilson Center and Circle Blue’s Choke Point work goes global. In November 2010, the Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum and Circle of Blue launched the Choke Point: China research and reporting initiative. The partners subsequently produced a rich collection of stories, photos and infographics that examined how energy development is impacting China’s vulnerable water resources and food production. In the next phase of Choke Point: China, CEF has created a team of U.S. and Chinese water and energy experts to hold dialogues in Beijing in August 2013 to discuss possible solutions to China’s growing water-food-energy confrontations and opportunities for US-China cooperation. more

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Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters

May 28, 2013
“The production of nuclear weapons changed Soviet and American societies by creating whole new kinds of communities and new definitions of citizenship and safety and risk,” said Kate Brown at a May 08, 2013 presentation of her new book Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters. more

Climate Change Adaptation and Peacebuilding in Africa: An Adaptation Partnership Workshop Report

Apr 04, 2013
A workshop report focused on three areas of intersection that have dominated discussions of climate and security links in developing country contexts. more

Going Beyond Nuclear: New Energy Security Realities for Japan and the United States

Mar 28, 2013
The Fukushima nuclear meltdown has forced Japan to reconsider its energy policy, and as the country continues to grapple with the aftermath of the crisis triggered by the March 2011 earthquake, public opinion remains deeply divided about the country’s future energy policy including nuclear power. The United States, too, is facing its own challenges, as a bonanza in natural gas within its borders in recent years is redefining the meaning of energy independence. How both countries are looking beyond petroleum to meet their respective energy needs, and prospects for alternative energy sources including nuclear power, were the topics of discussion at the latest Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum, held in Tokyo on October 31, 2012. more

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Dialogue

The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.