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25 April 2017. Caribbean Governments Huddle to Discuss Climate Adaptation Plans – As more climate change seems locked in – some estimates suggest a 1.5-degree Celsius (2.5 degree Fahrenheit) rise above pre-Industrial averages is guaranteed – more governments are allocating resources to adaptation. Caribbean communities that contribute very little to climate change are some of the most vulnerable, and representatives from many met in October 2016 in Grenada to […] Related posts: Building a Climate-Resilient Caribbean: Grenada Hosts National Adaptation Planning Workshop...

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24 April 2017. A Torrent of Water and Concrete Imperil Chennai’s IT Boom – The third in a series of reports by Circle of Blue and the Wilson Center on the global implications of water, energy, and food challenges in the south India state of Tamil Nadu. CHENNAI, India – Almost a decade ago, when the first of Chennai’s bleach-white IT office buildings replaced coconut groves along the Bay […] Related posts: Introducing “Choke Point: Tamil Nadu,” a Look Inside One Indian State’s Struggle With Severe Water Stress Water Is the Climate Challenge, Says World...

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21 April 2017. Backdraft #7: Janani Vivekananda on What Renewable Energy Projects Can Learn From Oil, and Future-Proofing Humanitarian Responses – As more and more development and humanitarian programs contend with climate-related problems, there are important lessons learned from past experience that should not be forgotten, says Janani Vivekananda, formerly of International Alert and now with adelphi, in this week’s episode of “Backdraft.” As more and more development and humanitarian programs contend with climate-related problems, there […] Related posts: New “Backdraft” Podcast Series, on the Peace and Conflict Consequences of...

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19 April 2017. Violence and Water Scarcity Threaten Historic Quadruple Famine – An international food crisis is currently unfolding on a scale not seen since World War II. More than 20 million people in Somalia, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen are in danger of famine. UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien said in March, “We are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of […] Related posts: Insights on Ending Famine and Creating Food Security in a Changing World Creating a Water Ready World Water Is the Climate...

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17 April 2017. Worst Drought in 140 Years Leads to Farmer Deaths, Riots, Policy Impasse in Cauvery Delta – The second in a series of reports by Circle of Blue and the Wilson Center on the global implications of water, energy, and food challenges in the south India state of Tamil Nadu. VENGANTHANKUSI, INDIA – Vijayakumar, 51, was a successful rice grower his entire life until this rainless harvest season. Described by family and […] Related posts: In Drought-Stricken India, Water Tensions Spill Into the Streets Chased by Drought, Rising Costs, and Clean Technology, India Pivots on Coal...

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13 April 2017. Why IR Needs the Environment and the Environment Needs IR – The original version of this article, by Jessica F. Green and Thomas N. Hale, appeared on Duck of Minerva.The state of the global environment is terrible – and deteriorating. The globalization of industrial production and the consumptive habits of 7 billion people have created the Anthropocene, a geologic age in which the actions of humans are […] Related posts: Paradox of Progress: National Intelligence Council Releases Global Trends Report Global Population and Reproductive Health...

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12 April 2017. Water and the Rise of Insurgencies in the “Arc of Instability” – Water scarcity has contributed to an “arc of instability” characterized by conflict and displacement that stretches from West Africa to the Middle East, said a panel of experts at the Wilson Center on March 1. Two authors from an upcoming compilation of case studies on water security and violent conflict by World Wildlife Fund gave […] Related posts: Julia McQuaid on the Complex Link Between Water and Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa Water Is the Climate Challenge, Says World...

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11 April 2017. What’s in a Label? Lessons on Advancing Global Health Goals From Corporate Green Standards – As you walk through the supermarket, you’ve probably noticed labels like “Rainforest Alliance Certified,” “Fair Trade,” or “Green Seal.” These certifications were created to help consumers use their purchasing power to reward companies that treat workers fairly and limit their harm to the environment. What’s missing is health, particularly women’s health. Too often these standards […] Related posts: Global Population and Reproductive Health (Book Preview) In Tanzania, Empowering...

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10 April 2017. Chased by Drought, Rising Costs, and Clean Technology, India Pivots on Coal – The first in a series of reports by Circle of Blue and the Wilson Center on the global implications of water, energy, and food challenges in the south India state of Tamil Nadu. VILAMBUR, India – The mammoth coal-fired Cheyyur electrical station was first imagined by bankers at India’s Power Finance Corporation and senior engineers […] Related posts: Falling Costs, Rising Opportunities: Scaling Up Renewable Energy in the Developing World [Part Two] Can the “World’s Largest Urban Area”...

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7 April 2017. Backdraft #6: Jesse Ribot on Why It’s So Important for Climate Interventions to Work Through Local Democracy – In a research project spanning more than two dozen case studies on environmental governance in 13 sub-Saharan African countries, Jesse Ribot, professor at the University of Illinois, and colleagues found that while many forest management projects claimed to be working with communities, they were in fact undermining local democracy in various ways. In a research […] Related posts: Backdraft Revisited: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Backdraft Episode #3:...

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6 April 2017. On the Frontline of India’s Rhino Wars – The original version of this article, by Sharon Guynup, appeared on Mongabay. In the dead of night on February 15, gunshots blasted the guards into action in India’s Kaziranga National Park. Rangers stationed in a nearby camp quickly spread out, searching for the shooters under the light of a nearly full moon – to no avail. […] Related posts: As Asian Luxury Market Grows, a Surge in Tiger Killings in India Wild Laws: China and Its Role in Wildlife Trafficking Axing “Conflict Minerals”...

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5 April 2017. A Better Model for Future Society, and Analyzing Communal Climate Conflict – Forecasts of future climate conditions are fairly good, but forecasts of future socioeconomic conditions are another story. To get a sense of how climate change will impact society, many resort to simply layering future climate conditions on top of current socioeconomic conditions. That’s a mistake, write Wolfgang Lutz and Raya Muttarak in Nature Climate Change. […] Related posts: Beyond the Headlines: Understanding Climate Change, Migration, and Conflict (Report Launch) Navigating...

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4 April 2017. Top 10 Posts for March 2017 – Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman and WWF President and CEO Carter Roberts put their weight behind growing momentum to ensure water stays on the radar for U.S. foreign policymakers in one of last month’s most-read stories.“Even as shifting political dynamics reshape our overseas engagements, ensuring sustainable provision of water around the globe […] Related posts: 2017 Is Pivotal for U.S. Leadership on Global Water Security A Journalists’ Guide to Energy and...

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3 April 2017. A Survey of the “War on Wildlife”: How Conflict Affects Conservation – Over the last 60 years, more than two-thirds of the world’s remaining biodiversity hotspots have experienced armed conflict. The effects have been myriad, from destruction as a result of military tactics to indirect socioeconomic and political changes, like human migration and displacement. This so-called “war on wildlife” has important implications for conservation and peacebuilding efforts, […] Related posts: Lessons From Africa’s Great Lakes on How Conservation Orgs Can Address...

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31 March 2017. Samara Ferrara on How Midwifery Can Reduce Unnecessary Surgeries and Save Lives in Mexico – “Midwives have the knowledge, midwives have the skills, and have the heart and compassion to serve mothers and babies in the most perfect way,” explains Samara Ferrara in this week’s podcast. But they often face demoralizing conditions, poor pay, and in some cases disdain from doctors. “Midwives have the knowledge, midwives have the skills, and […] Related posts: Midwives’ Voices, Midwives’ Realities: Results From the First Global Midwifery Survey After Mexico City and Before Copenhagen:...

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