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18 November 2017. As Fiji Leads COP-23, Camari Koto Reflects on Climate Resilience in the South Pacific Islands – Climate change poses an undeniable threat to small island states, but many islanders do not even know what climate change is, says Camari Koto, an indigenous Fijian academic and educator at the University of the South Pacific and member of the Resilience Academy, in our latest podcast. “They know it’s happening, they are unconsciously [taking] […] Related posts: Sidelining God: Why Secular Climate Projects in the Pacific Islands are Failing From the Pacific to the Atlantic, Protecting...

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16 November 2017. COP-23: Can More Transparency, New Technology Save Small Island States? – As the Climate Conference of Parties (COP-23) wraps up in Bonn, Germany, the prime minister of the tiny Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, which is sinking a few millimeters every year, made an impassioned call for transparency in the Paris Agreement “rule book” and for ratcheting up worldwide ambitions to reduce climate change.  While informal […] Related posts: Religion and Climate Diplomacy in Small Island Developing States Can We Save the World’s Remaining Forests? A Look at ‘Why...

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15 November 2017. Thermometers of Change: Snow Leopard Diplomacy in Asia’s High Mountains – “Change is everywhere where snow leopards live,” said World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Vice President Kate Newman at a recent Wilson Center event. “The life of the snow leopard is intimately intertwined with the lives of the people in these high mountains,” she said. If you care about water security and climate resilience in Asia, you […] Related posts: Religion and Climate Diplomacy in Small Island Developing States Flooding in Bangladesh: Calling Out Climate Change From the High Ground...

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14 November 2017. From Disclosure to Development: Can Transparency Initiatives Improve Natural Resource Management? – “In the end, we all have to be accountable,” said Geoff Healy of BHP Billiton, the largest natural resource extraction company in the world, at a recent event on transparency, anti-corruption, and sustainable development at the Brookings Institution. “A lot of people that are affected by the extractive industries are not in the group that has […] Related posts: Backdraft Revisited: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation An Unholy Trinity: Xinjiang’s Unhealthy...

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14 November 2017. From the Pacific to the Atlantic, Protecting Coastal Communities From Climate Threats – The frontlines of climate change are the world’s shorelines. “It goes without saying that people living in coastal communities are already observing impacts,” said Erin Derrington, a coastal resources specialist working in the Northern Mariana Islands, at a recent Wilson Center event, the third in a series on coastal resilience presented in collaboration with the […] Related posts: As Fiji Leads COP-23, Camari Koto Reflects on Climate Resilience in the South Pacific Islands Dealing with...

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9 November 2017. Innovations in Midwifery Save Mothers’ Lives: Q&A With Geeta Lal – To prevent maternal mortality, we need new approaches to this very old problem. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)’s Midwifery Programme, which operates in 120 countries, recently launched an innovative tool to improve training for maternal health workers. Dot-Mom, the column of the Maternal Health Initiative on New Security Beat, recently spoke with Geeta Lal, […] Related posts: Samara Ferrara on How Midwifery Can Reduce Unnecessary Surgeries and Save Lives in Mexico Midwives’...

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8 November 2017. Alice Hill: Invest in Resilience to Manage Future Risks to Economy, Security – As our climate changes, “we are vulnerable to unacceptable risks of failures in functionality, durability, and safety,” said Alice C. Hill, former senior director for resiliency policy for the National Security Council, as she launched Resilience Week at the Wilson Center. During the week, members of the UN Resilience Academy joined representatives from the Wilson […] Related posts: “We Must Pay Attention”: Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Devastate the Caribbean, Threaten U.S. National...

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7 November 2017. Top 5 Posts for October 2017 – Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico, leaving many on the island without power, drinking water, or cellular service. Such disasters are not just an issue for the Caribbean, said the Wilson Center’s Roger-Mark De Souza in an interview with WOUB that was last month’s most read story on New Security Beat. All coastal areas […] Related posts: “We Must Pay Attention”: Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Devastate the Caribbean, Threaten U.S. National Security, Reveal Infrastructure...

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6 November 2017. A Toxic Legacy: Remediating Pollution in Iraq – As the so-called Islamic State loses control over the areas it once occupied, it is leaving behind a toxic legacy.  The initial findings of a scoping mission undertaken by UN Environment Programme’s Conflict and Disasters branch found a trail of localized pollution that could have acute and chronic consequences for Iraq—and not just for its […] Related posts: New Media Helps Galvanize Tamil Nadu to Fight a Toxic Legacy The New Middle Eastern Wars: To Protect Civilians, Protect...

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3 November 2017. Unequal Women, Insecure World: The State of the World’s Population in the Age of Inequality – Women in Madagascar are scrambling to access contraception—while they still can. By the end of this year, one of the most prominent organizations that provides family planning services in the country will have shut down 21 of its 22 mobile contraception clinics, an important service in a country where transportation and roads are in poor […] Related posts: Women’s Leadership for Stability and Security 8 Rules of Political Demography That Help Forecast Tomorrow’s World Dr. Babatunde...

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3 November 2017. Cities at COP-23: Q&A With WRI’s Ani Dasgupta – To meet the climate challenge, city leaders are committing to ambitious emissions targets, designing decentralized action plans, and sharing lessons in transnational networks. Since growing cities are a large source of global emissions, their efforts could contribute substantially to global climate objectives. As the world’s climate experts gather next week in Bonn, Germany, for the […] Related posts: Cities After Paris: The Role of Subnational Actors in Achieving International Goals...

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1 November 2017. An Unholy Trinity: Xinjiang’s Unhealthy Relationship With Coal, Water, and the Quest for Development – Sitting shotgun in a beat-up vehicle en route to Tashkorgan a small town in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang, I soaked in the magnificence—or what I could see through the dust-coated windshield. The unpaved and rocky road, which carves through the precipitous Karakorum pass, will be (when finished) a key link in China’s “One […] Related posts: Thirst for Power: Assessing the Water Risks Facing China’s Coal Industry Chased by Drought, Rising Costs, and Clean Technology,...

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31 October 2017. Fire Warning: From India to California, Change Fuels the Flames – Earlier this month, more than 40 people perished and 20,000 people were ordered to evacuate as Northern California faced some of its deadliest fires in decades. Potentially fueled by climate change, these fires—only the only the latest in a string of fires to strike the state—will reshape landscapes and lives, as I know well from […] Related posts: Historic Drought Prompts Water Innovation in California – Can It Be a Model? Land Privatizations, Not Just Climate Change, Are Costing Rural...

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27 October 2017. Sustainable Water, Resilient Communities: The Challenge of Too Little Water – Water is a “strategic instrument in the creation of a safer, healthier, more nutritious, less aggressive world,” said Winrock International President and CEO Rodney Ferguson at the first event in a four-part series on water security organized by the Wilson Center and the Sustainable Water Partnership. Panelists at the event identified innovative and integrated efforts […] Related posts: It Takes a Village: Communities Are Key to a Resilient Health System Michael Kugelman on Pakistan’s...

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26 October 2017. Opening the Demographic Window: Age Structure in Sub-Saharan Africa – Over the past 25 years, economic and political demographers have documented how declines in fertility rates have preceded improvements in state capacity, income, and political stability in much of East Asia, Latin America, and, most recently, in the Maghreb region of North Africa (Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria). Nonetheless, social scientists still debate over where and when […] Related posts: Sustainable Development Approaches to Youth and the Demographic Dividend 8 Rules of Political...

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