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The Eurasia Center's Environmental Program

The Eurasia Center's Environmental Program will target critical issues and developments in the search for cleaner alternative sources of energy, climate change, habitat depletion, transnational resource management, pollution mitigation, problems associated with the oil, gas and nuclear industries, and East-West harmonization of environmental standards and industrial practices. Research projects, forums and conferences will emphasize current challenges, and unite U.S. and Eurasian environmental specialists to work together and generate programmatic solutions. The EC will specially seek to engage American, overseas and multilateral corporations in supporting promising efforts and initiatives, and participating in technical training and educational programs – that will empower the citizenry both here and in Eurasian countries to ‘make a difference’ in environmental stewardship and responsible, clean energy lifestyles.

The Eurasia Center unites environmental experts from around the globe. The Eurasia Center's past environmental reports have covered issues focused on the environmental damage left by the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and the Center has held a number of environmental roundtables that have covered environmental issues during these nations’ difficult transition to democracy. Moving forward, the EC will examine the lessons learned from Chernobyl and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, efforts that are being taken to mitigate global warming, environmental remediation programs in Central/Eastern Europe and new progress made through environmental activism.

Rising pressures on natural resources and the emerging impacts of climate change can potentially combine with and contribute to regional political frictions, social unrest and economic instability. Central to reversing global warming trends and stopping air pollution is the need for peoples and nations to search for new sources of cleaner energy through the deployment of renewable energy technologies including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass/waste-to-energy, combined heat & power (CHP), and agriculture based green fuels. The nations of Eurasia are providing great examples of the direction and funding being placed in these areas to develop new resources for alternative sources of energy. Nations are searching for new ways to clean coal or to replace it as an energy source in the new century.

While the Polar Bear will struggle to survive toward the next century, the Panda Bear’s food source, bamboo, may not be available as drier climate destroys its ecosystem.

The Eurasia Center’s Environmental Program has recognized that whole ecosystems are threatened by globalization and the rapid extraction of natural resources for the manufacture of products or obtaining raw materials from the Earth. The Eurasia Center's Environmental Program unites U.S. and Eurasian environmental specialists to work together and write about important issue areas that are crucial for building a better environment. These include preserving important nature reserves, habitats, and regions that are under siege by corporations and individuals that have little regard for the environment. The Eurasia Center’s Environmental Program offers Eurasian government officials new solutions for protecting their national treasures and educates its citizenry to defend the disappearing habitats of its most vulnerable creatures and wildlife. It seeks governmental, foundational, private and corporate support to continue to make a difference in places that may seem remote but impact our planet on a daily basis.