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26 May 2017. Michael Kugelman on Pakistan’s “Nightmare” Water Scenario – “Water scarcity is a nightmare scenario that is all too real and all but inevitable in Pakistan,” says Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Wilson Center’s Asia Program, in this week’s podcast. “Water scarcity is a nightmare scenario that is all too real and all but inevitable in Pakistan,” says Michael Kugelman, deputy director of […] Related posts: Michael Kugelman Explains the Flare Up in India-Pakistan Water Tensions Why the India-Pakistan War Over Water Is So Dangerous...

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25 May 2017. Making Cities Work as Holistic Communities of Promise – The original version of this article, by Blair A. Ruble, appeared on the Urban Sustainability Laboratory.Shortly after the completion of the Empire State Building, the novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald was shattered by a visit to its observation deck. “Full of vaunting pride,” he wrote, “the New Yorker had climbed here, and seen with dismay what […] Related posts: In Cities, the New Battlefield for Sustainable Development, Women and Girls Need Help Lessons From Kibera on Risks and Resilience...

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24 May 2017. Miners Plunder Tamil Nadu’s Sands, Dropping Some Rivers by 50 Feet – The seventh 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 Indian state of Tamil Nadu. CHENNIMALAI, India – There is river and beach sand aplenty in Tamil Nadu. At 130,000 square kilometers (50,200 square miles), the state is about the […] Related posts: The Right to Life and Water: Drought and Turmoil for Coke and Pepsi in Tamil Nadu Introducing “Choke Point: Tamil Nadu,” a Look Inside One...

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23 May 2017. Roger-Mark De Souza Provides a Status Report on the Paris Climate Agreement – Will the United States stay or will it go? With a decision concerning ongoing U.S. participation pending, John Milewski sits down with ECSP’s Roger-Mark De Souza for a status report on the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, commonly referred to as the “Paris Climate Agreement.” How many nations have […] Related posts: Peace After Paris: Addressing Climate, Conflict, and Development Paris Was a Success, But the Climate-Security Response Is...

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22 May 2017. Wilson Center’s Lisa Palmer Launches ‘Hot, Hungry Planet’ – A steadily increasing global population, growing food demand, and changing climate necessitate new kinds of thinking in agriculture but also fields like public health and energy, concludes a new book, Hot, Hungry Planet, by former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar and current Senior Fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center Lisa Palmer.“There is a real need […] Related posts: Hunger in Shangri-La: Causes and Consequences of Food Insecurity in the World’s Mountains...

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19 May 2017. Christophe Angely on Overcoming Pessimism for the Sahel – The Sahel region of Africa is a wide band that marks the transition from the Sahara Desert in the north to the wetter, sub-tropical regions in the south. The Sahelian countries have some of the most rapidly growing populations in the world and have faced significant environmental change over the past century. In recent years, […] Related posts: Hunger in Shangri-La: Causes and Consequences of Food Insecurity in the World’s Mountains Paradox of Progress: National Intelligence Council...

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18 May 2017. The Right to Life and Water: Drought and Turmoil for Coke and Pepsi in Tamil Nadu – The sixth 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 Indian state of Tamil Nadu. TIRUNELVELI, India – Just after dusk on a warm mid-January evening, attorney DA Prabakar greeted several visitors on the dimly lit street in front […] Related posts: Introducing “Choke Point: Tamil Nadu,” a Look Inside One Indian State’s Struggle With Severe Water Stress Miners Plunder Tamil Nadu’s Sands,...

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17 May 2017. Risk, But Also Opportunity in Climate Fragility and Terror Link – In a recent article for New Security Beat, Colin Walch made the case that the abandonment of some communities in Mali to deal with climate change on their own has created “fertile ground” for jihadist recruitment. In a similar argument, Katharina Nett and Lukas Rüttinger in a report for adelphi asserted last month that “large-scale […] Related posts: Backdraft Revisited: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Hunger in Shangri-La: Causes and Consequences of...

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16 May 2017. Too Much, Too Soon: Addressing Over-Intervention in Maternity Care – For years, the primary approach to improving global maternal health was additive – to increase capacity to address shortfalls in clinics, doctors, supplies, information, and skilled care. Today, however, some women are experiencing issues related to the opposite problem: too much. So called “over-intervention,” such as the use of Caesarean sections, ultrasounds, and antibiotics when […] Related posts: A Little Respect: Saraswathi Vedam on Reducing Over-Intervention in Maternal Care...

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15 May 2017. Food Access and the Logic of Violence During Civil War – In 1981, Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen noted that “starvation is the characteristic of some people not having enough food to eat. It is not the characteristic of there being not enough food to eat.” Sen was referring to the idea that hunger is not always related to food supply; even in places where ample food […] Related posts: Violence and Water Scarcity Threaten Historic Quadruple Famine Hunger in Shangri-La: Causes and Consequences of Food Insecurity in the World’s Mountains How...

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12 May 2017. A Little Respect: Saraswathi Vedam on Reducing Over-Intervention in Maternal Care Through More Autonomy – Governments and health organizations have made remarkable gains in reducing maternal mortality and morbidity rates around the world. Much of those gains have been driven by increasing capacity, directing more women to hospitals and clinics to ensure they get modern medical care. Increasingly, however, experts are realizing that this push has brought challenges of its […] Related posts: Too Much, Too Soon: Addressing Over-Intervention in Maternity Care Elena Ateva on Putting the...

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11 May 2017. A Changing Environment Threatens Worker Safety and Productivity – The implications for a warmer climate are many, but perhaps one of the most frequently overlooked is what it could mean for worker safety and productivity in certain sectors of the global economy.Outdoor laborers and some indoor workers are disproportionately impacted by the changing climate in a variety of ways. A 2009 study published in […] Related posts: Wilson Center’s Lisa Palmer Launches ‘Hot, Hungry Planet’ Hunger in Shangri-La: Causes and Consequences of Food Insecurity in the...

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10 May 2017. In City Under Stress, Chennai’s Water Bottlers Build a Thriving Business – The fifth 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 Indian state of Tamil Nadu. CHENNAI, India – T. Rajan tried all manner of entrepreneurial enterprises. He sold scrap paper and cardboard to recyclers. He built a street corner […] Related posts: Introducing “Choke Point: Tamil Nadu,” a Look Inside One Indian State’s Struggle With Severe Water Stress A Torrent of Water and Concrete...

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9 May 2017. The Business Case for Sustainable Development Is Real and Growing – In 2000, the United Nations established the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the goal of creating a global partnership for development. The formation of the MDGs created a foundation for collaboration and encouraged cross-sector partnerships to reduce poverty but also promote issues like environmental sustainability and gender equality. To carry on momentum from the MDGs, […] Related posts: In Cities, the New Battlefield for Sustainable Development, Women and Girls Need Help HoPE...

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8 May 2017. Fertile Ground? Climate Change and Jihadism in Mali – The epicenter of violence in the unstable country of Mali has historically been in the north, a contested region from where Touareg separatist and jihadist armed groups launched an insurgency against the state in 2012. But over the last two years, there has been a marked shift in communal and anti-state violence to the central […] Related posts: Land Privatizations, Not Just Climate Change, Are Costing Rural Kenyans Risk, But Also Opportunity in Climate Fragility and Terror Link...

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