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New Research on Population and Climate: The Impact of Demographic Change on Carbon Emissions April 8

April 5th, 2010 |

Thanks to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for the announcement of this program, which you can attend online or in person.

Please join the Environmental Change and Security Program for a discussion of

New Research on Population and Climate: The Impact of Demographic Change on Carbon Emissions

Brian O’Neill, Scientist, Institute for the Study of Society and Environment, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Program Leader, Population and Climate Change Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Thursday, April 8, 2010
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
5th floor Conference Room
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20004 USA Webcast live at www.wilsoncenter.org

Please RSVP to ecsp@wilsoncenter.org with your name and affiliation.

To date, the debate over the role of population dynamics in global climate change has been conducted mostly by advocates and the media. Yet systematic, cutting-edge research currently underway could deepen our understanding of the complex links among population, consumption, and climate change. The work of NCAR’s Brian O’Neill, a lead author of the 4th IPCC Assessment, and his colleagues provides a foundation for better evaluations of potential policy responses to climate change. At the Wilson Center, O’Neill will present his findings on how demographic changes, such as population growth and decline, urbanization, and aging, affect the outlook for future energy use and emissions of greenhouse gases.

If you are interested, but unable to attend the event, please tune into the live or archived webcast at www.wilsoncenter.org. The live webcast will begin approximately 10 minutes after the posted meeting time. You will need Windows Media Player to watch the webcast. To download the free player, visit:

Location: Woodrow Wilson Center at the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (“Federal Triangle” stop on Blue/Orange Line), 6th Floor Flom Auditorium. A map to the Center is available at www.wilsoncenter.org/directions. Note: Due to heightened security, entrance to the building will be restricted and photo identification is required. Please allow additional time to pass through security.



One Response to “New Research on Population and Climate: The Impact of Demographic Change on Carbon Emissions April 8”

  1. Johnathan Gonzalez Says:

    Something that may not be too common in our media sources is the birthrate in third world countries. Yes, the issue in China is a serious issue, but definitely far from the worst. China nowhere near the highest birthrate and is not a country almost entirely sprinkled by poverty. Niger is the country with the fastest birthrate according to the CIA. Sadly it is also one of the countries with the highest poverty rate at 55 %( undp.org). After analyzing the lists carefully one can conclude that the countries with the highest birthrates are also the ones with the lowest standards of living (Haiti, Ethiopia, Afghanistan etc). Vice versa, the ones with the lowest birthrates are the ones with the least percentage of Poverty (United States, Denmark, Russia etc). Although correlation does not imply causation, this relationship should come as a striking coincidence. Even if you’re not satisfied by the evidence, the thought that babies are being brought into the world faster in places that do not have basic necessities such as water, simple vaccines, shelter rather than in suitable environments, should cause you to be concerned.

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