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2009-02-05 16:20:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The new book Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World traces the evolution of warfare from its origins to the present day, finding common biological roots for terrorism, slavery, and the subjugation of women. On February 11 at the Wilson Center, co-author Malcolm Potts will argue that evolution is not destiny, however, and that simple strategies can help the biology of peace win out over the...

2009-02-03 10:32:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars recently launched Wilson Center OnDemand (wilsoncenter.org/ondemand), the online home to all of the Center's audio and video programming. For the first time, webcasts of Wilson Center events are presented on one user-friendly site alongside Director Lee Hamilton's biweekly Commentaries on foreign policy and on Congress; the Director's Forum series, featuring high-level...

2009-02-02 08:21:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Is there such a thing as 'peak water'? There is a vast amount of water on the planet -- but we are facing a crisis of running out of sustainably managed water," said Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute. "Humans already appropriate over 50 percent of all renewable and accessible freshwater flows, and yet billions still lack the most basic water services." On February 4 at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Gleick will answer these urgent...

2009-01-09 12:04:00

CNN's Peter Dykstra and Finland's Tapani Vaahtoranta Now in Residence WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two environmental experts have joined the Wilson Center as public policy scholars to work with the Center's Environmental Change and Security Program. Peter Dykstra, former executive producer of CNN's Science, Technology, and Weather Unit, has arrived for a two-month residency, and Tapani Vaahtoranta, director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Finnish...

2009-01-08 13:16:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. soldiers are using pint-sized MARCBOTS and other "war-bots" to defuse roadside bombs and a dizzying array of remote-guided drones -- some as small as insects -- to search out and destroy enemies. The benefits of substituting unmanned machines for human soldiers are obvious but, as P.W. Singer argues in the latest (Winter 2009) Wilson Quarterly, there may be a price to pay when a society can wage war by remote control....

2008-10-09 12:00:24

BARCELONA, Spain, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Conservation and health organizations should work together to support human development and protect biodiversity hotspots, said experts at the World Conservation Congress on October 8, 2008. An international panel sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Population Reference Bureau presented evidence that development programs combining population, health, and environment efforts can be more effective and...

2008-10-07 15:00:20

BARCELONA, Spain, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From climate change to deforestation to water scarcity, environmental degradation can not only lead to conflict, but can also offer a pathway to peace, said experts at the World Conservation Congress on October 7, 2008. An international panel sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) presented evidence that managing the environment and natural resources is key to improving...

2008-09-25 17:46:48

To: SOCIETY EDITORS Contact: Sharon McCarter of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, +1-202-691-4016, Sharon.mccarter@wilsoncenter.org WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Countries can promote stability and economic growth by investing in voluntary family planning programs, argue Liz Leahyof Population Action International and Sean Peoplesof the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) in the September/October 2008 issue of World...

2008-09-22 12:00:21

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New videos on a YouTube channel launched by the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) shine a spotlight on today's top environmental security issues -- such as water and conflict; and the links between population and environment. As both the UN General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative meet in New York City to tackle the problems of poverty, health, environmental degradation, and conflict, ECSP offers original video...

2008-09-15 15:00:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Forty years after his seminal book The Population Bomb, Paul Ehrlich is again stirring debate over the connections between population growth and environmental degradation. His latest book, The Dominant Animal, coauthored by Anne Ehrlich, traces the interplay between environmental change and evolution. Human beings have developed vibrant cultures and vast scientific knowledge, but at the same time, they have cleared forests, changed Earth's...


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