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23 March 2017. For India, Achieving the Next Generation of Maternal Health Goals Requires New Approaches – Achieving the next generation of maternal health goals in India, which accounts for almost 15 percent of maternal deaths around the world each year, will require innovative new approaches to stubborn problems.“We have gone through the low-hanging fruit,” said Aparajita Gogoi, national coordinator of White Ribbon Alliance India, to a room full of maternal health […] Related posts: ‘The Lancet’ on Achieving Maternal Health Goals in the SDG Era: Tackling Diversity and Divergence The Urban...

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22 March 2017. Advancing U.S. Prosperity and Security in a Thirsty World – The waters of Lake Chad sustain 70 million people in four countries. Beginning in the 1970s, the 25,000-square-kilometer lake began shrinking due to excessive drawdown for agriculture and mining. Now only 10 percent remains. The dwindling water supply devastated food production and fostered massive economic and political tensions. Many experts credit the worsening conditions for […] Related posts: Creating a Water Ready World Behind the Headlines, Emerging Security Threats in the Middle...

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21 March 2017. As China Adjusts for “True Cost” of Rare Earths, What Does It Mean for Decarbonization? – Known as the “vitamins of industry,” rare earths refer to a cluster of minerals widely used in green technologies such as wind turbines, rechargeable batteries, and electric vehicles. Rare earth elements embedded in these products keep them light, efficient, and affordable. They’re essential to the decarbonization of the global economy envisioned in the Paris Climate […] Related posts: In Shenzhen, Tracking the Early Steps of China’s Carbon Pivot China’s Cap-and-Trade System a Crucial...

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20 March 2017. Afghanistan’s Water Plans Complicated by Worried Neighbors – More than 40 years ago, the Soviet Union attempted to harness hydropower to modernize Afghanistan. Between 1960 and 1968, they poured money and technical knowledge into the 100-meter Naghlu gravity dam outside Kabul and a village for its workers called Sharnak. Although the town has been damaged and the boons of modernity remain elusive for […] Related posts: Global Water and National Security: Why the Time Is Now Water Is the Climate Challenge, Says World Bank Pakistan’s Unheralded...

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17 March 2017. Mattis Latest in Succession of Senior Military Leaders to Warn About Climate Change – This week, newly minted Secretary of Defense James Mattis joined a long list of senior U.S. military leaders who have warned about the national security threats of climate change.In previously unpublished written testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Mattis wrote that “climate change can be a driver of instability and the Department of Defense […] Related posts: Military Leaders Warn That Climate Poses Security Threats Military Leaders: Climate Change, Energy, National...

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17 March 2017. Julia McQuaid on the Complex Link Between Water and Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa – Does global water stress matter for U.S. national security, and if so, how? That’s a major focus of the next CNA Military Advisory Board report, says Julia McQuaid of the CNA Corporation in this week’s podcast. She talks about the preliminary findings of the report and how the national security community views water.Does global water stress […] Related posts: Oil, Greed, and Grievances in the Middle East and North Africa Can New Water Tech Help Reduce Conflict in Middle East?...

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16 March 2017. A Chronic Crisis, Now Acute: WWF’s Recommendations for the First U.S. Global Water Strategy – The intelligence community’s landmark Global Water Security assessment in 2012, warned of major water-driven challenges to U.S. national security. The combined assessment of several intelligence agencies foresaw many challenges to U.S. policy objectives and national security arising from protracted drought, declining water quality, and more natural disasters in countries important to U.S. interests. The intelligence […] Related posts: Global Water and National Security: Why the Time Is...

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15 March 2017. Midwives’ Voices, Midwives’ Realities: Results From the First Global Midwifery Survey – “Midwives play a vital role in the health care of mothers and babies,” said Samara Ferrara, a midwife from Mexico, at the Wilson Center on February 27. But in many parts of the world they face a confluence of stressors that make working conditions miserable: low and irregular pay; harassment and disrespect from both patients […] Related posts: Alix Bacon on Building a Global Community of Midwives In Fight to Stop the Spread of Female Genital Mutilation, Midwives Are Crucial Better...

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13 March 2017. 15 Years of Environmental Peacemaking: Overcoming Challenges and Identifying Opportunities for Cooperation – As the 1990s drew to a close, there was a sense that much of the momentum gained at the first Earth Summit on sustainable development, a positive, affirming environmental narrative, was waning. With the end of the Cold War and subsequent increase in civil wars, there was growing concern among governments about resource scarcity contributing […] Related posts: Backdraft Revisited: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Pathways to Resilience: Evidence on Links...

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10 March 2017. Backdraft #4: Edward Carr on Climate Response, Motivations, and the Value of Ethnographic Research – Unintended consequences from climate interventions are often the result of not understanding decision-making at a granular enough level, says Edward Carr in this week’s “Backdraft” episode. Unintended consequences from climate interventions are often the result of not understanding decision-making at a granular enough level, says Edward Carr in this week’s “Backdraft” episode. How people construct […] Related posts: Backdraft Revisited: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation...

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9 March 2017. Pakistan’s Unheralded Fight Against Climate Change – The original version of this article appeared on The Third Pole.In recent months, the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) has been in the headlines – and for all the wrong reasons.As India-Pakistan relations have worsened, the IWT – one of the few longstanding symbols of cooperation between the bitter rivals – has come under significant strain. Last September, […] Related posts: Michael Kugelman Explains the Flare Up in India-Pakistan Water Tensions Afghanistan’s Water Plans Complicated by Worried...

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8 March 2017. Can We Save the World’s Remaining Forests? A Look at ‘Why REDD Will Fail’ – As climate change threatens the stability of ecosystems around the world, the preservation of forests is seen as a “win-win” solution to curbing planet-warming emissions while producing value for developing country economies. But all is not as it seems with the world’s largest forest preservation effort, the United Nations-led Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest […] Related posts: Global Stories From the Nexus of Gender and Climate Change Vulnerability Forest Guardians and...

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7 March 2017. As More Aid Flows to Fragile States, a Call for a Better Approach – Global poverty has been reduced dramatically over the past two decades. Less than 11 percent of the world’s population were living in extreme poverty in 2013 compared to 35 percent in 1990. But improvements have largely come in stable countries. Many of the remaining pockets of extreme poverty are in “fragile states,” countries that are […] Related posts: Climate Data Can be Critical in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States – Here’s How to Get It Breaking the Fragility Trap: What Role for...

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6 March 2017. A Journalists’ Guide to Energy and the Environment in 2017 – “Turbulent and possibly revolutionary times are ahead for U.S. energy and environmental policy,” said Bobby Magill, a senior science writer at Climate Central, at the Wilson Center on February 3. “If there’s one message the Trump Administration is sending about environmental and climate regulations, it’s this: The future will not look like the past.”A panel […] Related posts: The Environment and Energy Stories to Watch in 2016 Zero-Emission Energy for 1.3 Billion People? Scaling Up...

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3 March 2017. Ground Truth Briefing: Is Climate-Related Migration a National Security Issue? – Experts predict that climate change will spur some people to leave their homes and countries. How will national security be affected as a result? Experts predict that climate change will spur some people to leave their homes and countries. How will national security be affected as a result? In this week’s podcast, ECSP’s Roger-Mark De […] Related posts: The U.S. Asia-Pacific Rebalance, National Security, and Climate Change (Report Launch) Global Water and National Security: Why the Time...

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