Kathleen Mogelgaard is a writer and analyst on population and the environment, and a consultant for the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program.
She is principal of KAM Consulting, LLC, specializing in research, analysis, and strategic communications at the intersection of human and environmental well-being. Her recent work has focused on population dynamics, climate change, food security, and energy access.
She teaches at the University of Maryland, and has worked with the World Resources Institute, Oxfam America, Population Action International, Aspen Institute, U.S. Climate Action Network, Population Reference Bureau, U.S. Agency for International Development, and others. Her writing has appeared in Grist, The Huffington Post, RH Reality Check, and The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. She holds Masters degrees in natural resources and public policy from the University of Michigan.
In his 2007 best-seller, The World Without Us, Alan Weisman explored what would happen to the planet if the human race suddenly vanished – the gradual deterioration of the built environment, the geologic fossilization of our everyday stuff, and the ecological processes that would rebound and thrive without continual and growing human pressure. [Video Below]
›December 1, 2014 // By Kathleen Mogelgaard
This fall, a series of significant events signaled what many see as a shift toward meaningful collective action on climate change.
›July 14, 2014 // By Kathleen Mogelgaard
In March, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest comprehensive synthesis of climate change research. The report concludes that “impacts from recent climate-related extremes, such as heat waves, droughts, floods, cyclones, and wildfires, reveal significant vulnerability and exposure of some ecosystems and many human systems to current climate variability.”
›May 22, 2014 // By Kathleen Mogelgaard
In 2007, an influential analysis by 11 retired generals and admirals characterized climate change as a “threat multiplier” that could aggravate the conditions for conflict. Last week, in a follow-up report launched at the Wilson Center, members of the CNA Corporation’s Military Advisory Board framed climate change as a more direct and immediate risk, calling it a “catalyst for conflict.”
›March 21, 2014 // By Kathleen Mogelgaard
It was a scorching hot April afternoon in Keur Moussa, a small farming community about 60 kilometers outside Dakar, Senegal. The landscape was mostly barren and very dry, and a fine red dust settled into our clothes as we walked with community leaders to learn about their efforts to cope with a changing environment. In this part of the world, adapting to climate change is figuring out how to manage water: how to survive for long periods without it, and what to do when too much comes at unexpected times.
›December 16, 2013 // By Kathleen Mogelgaard
When Super Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines last month, the incredible damage visited on the people, infrastructure, and land was shaped by trends that have been in motion for decades. The country’s population has been growing rapidly, with high concentrations of people living in cities and along the coast; economic growth had been steady, but weak governance and corruption may have exacerbated vulnerability; and the gradual loss of coastal forests and mangroves left many communities exposed to the full brunt of the typhoon’s storm surge. On a positive note, wireless technology and crowd-sourced data helped in disaster response.
›November 12, 2013 // By Kathleen Mogelgaard
In 2009, economist Jeffrey Sachs, alongside more than 20 eminent scholars from different fields, highlighted the importance of biodiversity for human well-being in a policy commentary published in Science. They noted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) included a target to achieve, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of species loss, and they also noted that it was one of the MDG targets that was most off-track. “Our lack of progress toward the 2010 target,” they said, “could undermine achievement of the MDGs and poverty reduction in the long term.” The 2010 target was missed, and today species are moving toward extinction at an ever faster pace. Last week’s announcement confirming the extinction of Africa’s western black rhino is the latest sad example of this trend.
›August 1, 2013 // By Kathleen Mogelgaard
Cambodia to grow by nearly one-third by 2050; Kenya to more than double; Mali to swell to three times its current size. These were the population projections available when Feed the Future, President Obama’s global hunger and food security initiative, was beginning implementation in 19 focus countries around the globe in 2010.