China Environment Events

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The United States, China, and Global Governance: A New Agenda for a New Era

April 11, 2013 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
The United States-China relationship is at a critical juncture. Both countries are undergoing tremendous historical changes, and the globe is facing growing challenges in promoting broad-based and sustainable economic development. This report analyzes the tensions and challenges in the relationship and offers policy recommendations about the relationship in the areas of trade, investment, finance, and climate change. Check out the webcast and read the report here!

The Devouring Dragon: How China’s Rise Threatens Our Natural World

April 04, 2013 // 9:00am10:30am
China Environment Forum
While China’s rise is often viewed through its wide-ranging political and economic effects on the world, its growing impacts on the physical planet will leave a more permanent legacy. In his new book, The Devouring Dragon, Craig Simons argues that China’s growing consumer demands have pushed China from being a small player in global resource consumption to its most voracious participant in just a decade. China’s transition is already having massive impacts on the environment.
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China in Latin America: Public Impressions and Policy Implications

March 28, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
The Latin American Program and Vanderbilt University's Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) are bringing together a panel of experts to discuss public perceptions of China in the region and how these compare to public perceptions of the U.S.
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Shale Gas Revolution in China: Game Changer for Coal?

March 15, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
According to China’s 12th Fifth-Year Plan, the Chinese government is prioritizing more gas in the energy mix, using it as a “bridging” fuel between coal and a cleaner energy future. Although a shale and natural gas revolution is unlikely, at least in the short-term, these forms of energy offer promise of a more low-carbon development path for China.

Environmental Film Festival: 'Beijing Besieged by Waste'

March 14, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
China Environment Forum
With a population of around 20 million and growing, Beijing’s residents produce unfathomable amounts of waste every day. Between 2008 and 2010, photographer and filmmaker Wang Jiuliang traveled to hundreds of legal and illegal landfills around the capital city to document the less considered side of China’s economic ascent.

China’s Climate Change Challenge

March 13, 2013 // 9:00am10:30am
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
NOTE: We are no longer accepting RSVPs for this event. Seating will be on a first come-first serve basis, so please arrive early to ensure seating.

Transforming China's Cities

March 05, 2013 // 2:00pm3:30pm
China Environment Forum
China is witnessing the largest migration in human history: More than 300 million people will move to China’s cities in the next 20 years. Fortunately, China’s national government and an increasing number of local leaders recognize the imprudence of this development pattern and seek a low-carbon development approach. The work of the China Sustainable Energy Program of the Energy Foundation is aimed at promoting sustainable urban development that focuses on people and encourages compact, mixed-use, and transit-oriented development, as well as green transportation systems.
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Green Innovation in China: Book Launch and Panel Discussion

January 29, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
The development of wind power in China provides valuable insight into how cooperation and technology transfer has contributed to the fast-growing wind industry in the Middle Kingdom, which plays an important role in continuing the Chinese and global fight against climate change. On January 29, three leading experts on U.S.-China technology cooperation, Joanna I. Lewis, Levi Tillemann, and Banning Garrett, spoke at the China Environment Forum event on the development of U.S.-China collaboration on green technology, and its importance on climate change, innovation and other global issues.
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Transboundary Environmental Security in the Mekong River Basin

December 06, 2012 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
Existing, planned and under construction dams in the Mekong River Basin look like domino game. Dams are but one major pressure on ecosystems in the basin, where resource provision and water management are increasing and projected to worsen over the next several decades. Many of these issues cross state borders and the data are clear: state unilateralism cannot solve transboundary problems.

In the People’s Interest: Openings for Pollution Public Interest Law Cases in China

November 27, 2012 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
China recently amended its civil procedure law to allow nongovernmental organizations to sue on behalf of the public interest. This provision could be transformative, and Chinese NGOs will have to learn quickly how to litigate public interest lawsuits. There has been only one public interest case brought by a grassroots NGO to look to and learn from so far: a pending case brought by two NGOs over illegal chromium pollution in Yunnan province. The speakers at this panel will discuss how and why public interest law has become a “hot” topic among the law, policy, and NGO communities. They will also analyze the implications of what we know about this case for future environmental public interest cases.

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