Environment

Environment

FSI scholars approach their research on the environment from regulatory, economic and societal angles. The Center on Food Security and the Environment weighs the connection between climate change and agriculture; the impact of biofuel expansion on land and food supply; how to increase crop yields without expanding agricultural lands; and the trends in aquaculture. FSE’s research spans the globe – from the potential of smallholder irrigation to reduce hunger and improve development in sub-Saharan Africa to the devastation of drought on Iowa farms. David Lobell, a senior fellow at FSI and a recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant, has looked at the impacts of increasing wheat and corn crops in Africa, South Asia, Mexico and the United States; and has studied the effects of extreme heat on the world’s staple crops.

Scholarly Publications

The Existential Threat From Cyber-enabled Information Warfare

July 2019

Corruption of the information ecosystem is not just a multiplier of two long-acknowledged existential threats to the future of humanity—climate change and nuclear weapons.

Probabilistic Performance Assessment vs. the Safety Case Approach

January 2019

The “safety case” approach has been developed to address the issue of evaluating the performance of a geologic repository in the face of the large uncertainty that results for evaluations that...

Evolution and Structure of the Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management

December 2018

The final disposal of nuclear waste is at the interface between the technologies of the nuclear fuel cycle that produce the waste and the natural hydrologic and geochemical cycles of geologic...

Other Publications

Atomic Homefront: a film about struggling to live with Manhattan Project radioactive waste

June 2018

Abstract: This commentary reviews and discusses HBO’s new documentary, Atomic Homefront, which shows how communities are still struggling to live with radiation from radioactive waste generated...

A Silk Road for the Twenty-First Century?

November 2016

In an analysis piece for CSIS, Shorenstein APARC Distinguished Fellow Thomas Fingar examines the geopolitical, economic and developmental considerations of Xi Jinping's call for China and the...

Testimony before the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, U.S. House of Representatives

April 2013

CISAC Affiliate Rodney Ewing, Chairman of the U.S.

News

Heading for (Another) Ukraine-Russia Gas Fight?

September 2019

Twice in the past 14 years, a dispute between Ukraine and Russia has led Russia to cut off natural gas flows to Ukraine and Europe. The stage is being set for another cut-off in January.

U.S. must start from scratch with a new nuclear waste strategy, a Stanford-led panel says

December 2018

 Rod Ewing led a three-year study recommending changes to the U.S. nuclear waste management program. (Image credit: Courtesy CISAC)The U.S.

Paul Edwards delivers keynote at Global Weather Conference Oct. 12

October 2018

What can the past teach us about the future of the global weather enterprise? On October 12th, William J.

Events

The New Geopolitics of Energy

July 22, 2019

Click here to RSVP Abstract: Russia is a major energy exporter and has used those exports to advance its geopolitical goals.

Coercing Syria on Chemical Weapons: Deterrence, Compellence, and the Limits of the “Resolve Plus Bombs” Formula

March 27, 2019

Abstract: In efforts to halt the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons (CW) in that country’s civil war the United States and other outside powers applied coercive strategies, in both a...

Atomic Homefront: screening and discussion

March 10, 2018

The film screening of Atomic Homefront will be followed by a discussion with Human Rights Watch’s Marcos Orellana, Prof.

Projects

Environmental

English

Managing Global Insecurity Project (MGI)

Nearly 20 years into the post-cold war era, the existing multilateral architecture of international organizations, treaties, and alliances shows signs of acute distress.
English

Feeding the World in the 21st Century: Exploring the Connections between Food Production, Health, Environmental Resources, and International Security

This project involves political scientists, economists, and medical researchers to address the question of whether hunger, poverty, disease and agricultural resource constraints foster civil...
English

People

Philip Taubman Lecturer
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Barbara van Schewick Associate Professor, Law
Paul N. Edwards William J. Perry Fellow
Eva Frankel CISAC Honors Student
Paul Kapur Affiliate
Chris Dunlap Christopher Dunlap Affiliate
Robert Weiner Robert Weiner Affiliate
Paul J. Jackson Affiliate
David Clark David L. Clark Affiliate