Thursday, March 29, 2007

Environment and Conflict : Multimedia in Washington, DC

For folks in the Washington, D.C. area (and a webcast, too):

Multimedia: Environment's Connection to Conflict, CooperationExhibition Opening at Woodrow Wilson Center

WASHINGTON---Environmental issues--water, climate, land, forests, and minerals--have played a part in some of world's worst conflicts. But these resources can also be harnessed to build peace. From April 2-20 at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a multimedia exhibit created by Berlin’s Adelphi Research will use interactive displays of photos, text, and video to address three questions:
  • Why do changes in our natural environment threaten people and livelihoods?
  • Does the exploitation of natural resources lead to violent conflict?
  • How can sustainable development and environmental cooperation contribute to stability and peace?

On Tuesday, April 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Johannes K. Haindl, Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of Germany, and Lee H. Hamilton, president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will open the exhibit at a reception in the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Hallway.

Also on April 3, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., an international panel will discuss environment, conflict, and cooperation in a public meeting, to be webcast live.

What: Environment, Conflict, and Cooperation: Panel Discussion ( WEBCAST LIVE ) and Exhibition Opening and Reception
Who: Alexander Carius, Director, Adelphi Research (Berlin), Geoffrey D. Dabelko, Director, Environmental Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson Center, and Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Chair, Department of Private Law, University of Nairobi, and Program Director, International Environmental Law Research Centre, Nairobi
When: Tuesday, April 3, 2007, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., Panel Discussion: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. (6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center), Exhibition Opening and Reception: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Woodrow Wilson Memorial Hallway)
Where: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Wilson Center is located in the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The panel discussion is co-sponsored by the German Embassy, the German Information Center USA, the Heinrich Boell Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Center. The German Embassy is hosting the reception.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue.

Media planning to cover the event should contact Sharon McCarter at or (202) 691-4016.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

A Spring of Dying Bees


We know what happens with the birds and the bees. But it is the Spring of dying bees, and this leads us to ask, “What happens when there are no bees?”

This Saturday morning, March 24, at 9 am Pacific, the Food Chain with Michael Olson hosts Professors Eric Mussen from the University of California, Davis, and Jim Amrine from West Virginia University for a conversation about dying bees.

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Topics include why bees are dying in such big numbers this Spring; what might happen to the food chain should we lose our bees; and what solutions might there be to halt the die-off.

Question of the Week: What happens if we lose our bees?

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 on Grist Blog's "In Cities Is the Preservation of the World" Discussion was recently featured on the Grist Blog's (Gristmill) "In Cities Is the Preservation of the Word" discussion thread.

Specifically, one of the commentors said:

A wealth of Metro-Natural Lit

"For anyone who is not familiar with it; if there is a central hub on urban nature writing I believe it is, the free online journal of the built and natural environments. I'm a big fan of the site. This is a journal that kind of evolved from the terra nova journal of the early nineties.

"If you look at their contributor's list, it can act as a who's who of the sub-genre.

"I think it has some of the best literature that addresses all of the five thematic questions that Ms. Price suggested, as well as several that she didn't. It also has a complete archive of all it' past issues available.

"There is such a wealth of great work here that it may change your opinion that not much is being written on the issue."

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