IN DENVER, COLORADO - Global Choke Point: Confronting Energy Demand and Water Scarcity in China and the United States
April 11, 2013 // 5:00pm — 7:00pm
China’s soaring economy, fueled by an unyielding appetite for coal, is threatened by the country's steadily diminishing freshwater reserves. The United States faces similar water-energy confrontations—over millions of gallons of water are taken from ranchers to develop the deep oil and gas shale reserves of the west and there are battles between Georgia and Florida over diminishing drinking water reserves. Global Choke Point, though, is not necessarily a narrative of doom and gloom. The presentations will examine both the challenges and opportunities presented by these looming choke points.
April 04, 2013 // 9:00am — 10:30am
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.
March 25, 2013 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
The Mekong Region is a massive ecosystem that is the lifeline for more than 60 million people across six countries: China, Laos, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. For the people in the Lower Mekong Basin, it provides more fish to more people than any other river in the world.
March 15, 2013 // 9:00am — 11:00am
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.
March 14, 2013 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
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.
March 05, 2013 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
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.
January 29, 2013 // 9:00am — 11:00am
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.
December 06, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
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.
November 27, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
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.
August 09, 2012 // 10:30am — 12:00pm
The battle to combat pollution in China is making its way to Chinese courts. Recent class action suits and public interest cases are demonstrating how environmental arbitration is becoming an effective tool for tackling environmental issues.