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24 May 2018. Pangolins on the Brink as Africa-China Trafficking Persists Unabated – While the pangolin’s thick overlapping scales protect it from predators such as lions, this animal is an easy mark for illegal wildlife traffickers. Image courtesy of the Tikki Hywood Foundation, Zimbabwe.This article by Sharon Guynup originally appeared on Mongabay.Acting on a tip, Nigerian customs operatives raided an apartment in the southwest city of Ikeja in […] Related posts: Wild Laws: China and Its Role in Wildlife Trafficking Criminal Elements: Illegal Wildlife...

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23 May 2018. Faith in Family Planning: Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies – “When you enable a family to be able to time and space their children, you actually improve the overall health of that family,” said Dr. Alma Golden, the Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, at a recent Wilson Center event on the role of faith-based organizations in family planning. Faith-based groups are […] Related posts: Healthy Women, Healthy Families: Saving Money and Lives With Faith-Based Family Planning Where Are All The Men? Faith-Based Efforts to...

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22 May 2018. A Watershed Moment for Iraqi Kurdistan: Subnational Hydropolitics and Regional Stability – Iraqi Kurdistan is blessed with abundant water resources, but these resources are under increasing stress. Changing demographics, dam building in neighboring countries, and drought have driven Kurdish hydropolitics to a critical juncture where two distinct water futures are possible—and both have implications for regional stability and for U.S. interests.As water in the Euphrates and Tigris […] Related posts: Oil, Greed, and Grievances in the Middle East and North Africa Water and the...

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17 May 2018. Grassroots Solutions for Solid Waste in China’s Growing Cities – In June 2016, the government of the Chinese city of Xiantao cancelled an incineration project following protests by residents who felt they were not adequately consulted before the project was approved. As growing Chinese cities produce more construction and consumer waste, incineration projects have increased—along with widespread protests of their environmental and health consequences.In 2016, […] Related posts: Hot Times: Waste-to-Energy Plants Burn Bright in China’s Cities Every Day...

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16 May 2018. To Realize the Demographic Dividend in Africa, Countries Must Fight Corruption – Today, African leaders agree that Africa has a great opportunity to reap economic benefits from strategic investments made in the continent’s current large youthful population. The “demographic dividend” is the accelerated economic growth that can result from improved reproductive health, a rapid decline in fertility, and the subsequent shift in population age structure. With more people […] Related posts: Sustainable Development Approaches to Youth and the Demographic Dividend Opening...

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15 May 2018. Where Are All The Men? Faith-Based Efforts to Engage Men and Boys in HIV Prevention Services – In sub-Saharan Africa, “more than half of the men under the age of 35 do not know their [HIV] status and are not on treatment,” said Dr. Sean Cavanaugh of the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator at a recent Wilson Center event on engaging the faith community in reaching young men and boys with […] Related posts: Healthy Women, Healthy Families: Saving Money and Lives With Faith-Based Family Planning Faith in Family Planning: Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies The Big Picture:...

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10 May 2018. China’s Ready to Cash In on a Melting Arctic – This article by Sherri Goodman and Lyssa Freese originally appeared in Foreign Policy. Put simply, “the damn thing melted,” Navy Secretary Richard Spencer explained in recent testimony, referring to Arctic ice melt as the trigger for the new U.S. Navy Arctic Strategy that is to be released this summer. What the Navy planned as a 16-year road map is […] Related posts: China Has Arrived in the Arctic: Q&A With Sherri Goodman “The Damn Thing Melted”: Arctic Security in the Blue-Water...

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9 May 2018. Serious Games: Conservation and Community – In preparation for the Wilson Center’s Earth Challenge 2020 initiative, the Serious Games Initiative rounded up educational games with themes of conservation and community. These games tackle issues ranging from community resilience to dystopian futures—and everything in between. While not a comprehensive list of environmental games, we hope it inspires you to check out these […] Related posts: A New Kind of Conservation: Making the Connection Between Community and Nature An Unlikely...

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8 May 2018. New Global Analysis Finds Water-Related Terrorism Is On the Rise – In 2014, after losing a number of Somalian cities it had captured to African Union and Somali troops, the terrorist group Al-Shabaab changed its tactics. To demonstrate its continued power and presence, Al-Shabaab cut off water supplies to its formerly held cities. Residents from these cut-off cities were forced to fetch water from nearby towns, […] Related posts: Water and the Rise of Insurgencies in the “Arc of Instability” A Chronic Crisis, Now Acute: WWF’s Recommendations for the...

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7 May 2018. A Ukrainian Stand-Off: The Toxic Consequences of Armed Conflict in Donbass – Toxic waste pond near the village of Novhorodske burning after being hit by a shell in August 2014. (Source: Evgeniy Didus, Director of the Phenol Factory)A looming industrial tower of pipelines and chemical storage tanks rises out of snowy landscape. In Novogorodske, a small quiet town in eastern Ukraine, workers go about their daily business […] Related posts: A Toxic Legacy: Remediating Pollution in Iraq UN Special Rapporteur Calls for Action on Toxic Remnants of War to Protect...

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4 May 2018. Water, Food, and Women: Top 5 Posts for April 2018 – Severe water shortages in Cape Town, South Africa, are a signal of what’s to come for other rapidly expanding cities. “We will have more and more events like what happened in Cape Town as populations grow and water demand grows,” said Eric Viala, Director and Chief of Party of the Sustainable Water Partnership, in New […] Related posts: “Journalist on Water Beat Helped Cape Town Avoid ‘Day Zero’” Taking Our Power Back: Women and Girls Are Key to Food Security During Conflict...

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4 May 2018. Halvard Buhaug: Climate Changes Affect Conflict Dynamics – “Climate is unquestionably linked to armed conflict,” says Halvard Buhaug, Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, in the latest Wilson Center podcast. “If we produce a map of the world with locations of ongoing and recently entered armed conflicts, and we superimpose on that map different climate zones or climatic regions, we would […] Related posts: Climate Change and Conflict: New Research for Defense, Diplomacy, and Development New “Backdraft” Podcast Series, on the...

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3 May 2018. The Blockchain Revolution: Q&A with Kaikai Yang – Blockchain, the newest technology poised to revolutionize numerous industries, could help decentralize electricity systems across Asia, Europe, Australia and the United States. In Brooklyn, peer-to-peer microgrids allow prosumers—energy consumers who generate small amounts of electricity from renewable sources—to trade energy with other users. Blockchain technology provides distributed ledgers that validate, record, and share each transaction, […] Related posts: China Has Arrived in the...

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2 May 2018. Mining Transparency in Myanmar: Can the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Lead to a More Sustainable Democracy? – Myanmar is rich in natural resources—gas, oil, minerals, and gemstones—yet is still one of the world’s least developed countries. Extractive industries are the country’s most lucrative sector and the government’s main source of revenue, but most of the benefits do not reach its citizens. Instead, resource extraction in Myanmar causes severe environmental and social problems […] Related posts: From Disclosure to Development: Can Transparency Initiatives Improve Natural Resource Management?...

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27 April 2018. Sustainable Water, Resilient Communities: The Unique Challenges and Opportunities of Wastewater – “Globally, nearly one billion people still lack access to safe water,” said Sasha Koo-Oshima, Senior International Water Advisor for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, at a recent Wilson Center event on the potential challenges and opportunities of wastewater treatment. “In emerging developing countries, children lose 443 million school days per year due to diseases related […] Related posts: Sustainable Water, Resilient Communities: The Challenge of Too Little Water Sustainable...

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