Events

IN BEIJING: Beijing Energy & Environment Roundtable (BEER)

August 07, 2013 // 7:30pm8:30pm
Three colliding trends—declining freshwater reserves, uncertain grain supplies, and booming energy demand —are disrupting economies, governments, and environments around the world. Unlike food or energy, we cannot grow or easily produce more water.

IN BEIJING: Global Choke Point: Water-Energy-Food Confrontations in the World’s Two Largest Economies

August 07, 2013 // 2:00pm4:30pm
At this workshop at Beijing University our Chinese and U.S. China WET members will be joined by Dr. Paolo Farah to delve into the water-energy challenges facing China and the United States, looking at risks and opportunities to build resilience to deal with these growing natural resource confrontations.

From Sustainable Communities to Global Pollution Challenges: Twenty Years of U.S.-Taiwan Environmental Cooperation

July 17, 2013 // 3:00pm4:30pm
On the July 17th meeting, cosponsored by the Asia Program and the China Environment Forum cosponsored, three speakers will provide an overview of the expanding EPA – EPAT cooperation, highlighting the progress in developing sister sustainable communities in the United States and Taiwan. Stephen Shu-hung Shen, Minister of EPAT, and Randy Solomon, Sustainable Jersey community certification program lead, will introduce the successes of these sustainable community projects. Jane Nishida, U.S. EPA’s Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for International & Tribal Affairs and former Maryland Secretary of Environment, will share how international collaboration can strengthen state and national environmental programs and provide opportunities for green growth.

Scaling Up: Chinese Renewable Energy Investments in the United States and Beyond

June 10, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
Speakers will explore drivers of China’s renewable investments and the policy, market and financial opportunities and challenges to greater renewable investment in the United States.

Coal In China: Problems and the Future (in SAN FRANCISCO)

May 07, 2013 // 5:30pm7:15pm
Coal has long been the main fuel source powering most of China. But are the health and environmental risks spinning out of control? For the past several years, Greenpeace activist Sun Qingwei has worked to expose the environmental and human health risks of coal mining and consumption.

The Green Revolution in China

April 30, 2013 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Drawing on his chapter in the recently published chinadialogue book China and the Environment: The Green Revolution, Jianqiang Liu relates the role that NGOs, news media and community leaders played in forming an environmental movement opposing a dam on the Tiger Leaping Gorge.

IN DENVER, COLORADO - Global Choke Point: Confronting Energy Demand and Water Scarcity in China and the United States

April 11, 2013 // 5:00pm7:00pm
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.

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

April 04, 2013 // 9:00am10:30am
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.

Balancing Act on the Mekong: Building Linkages for Sustainable Dam Development

March 25, 2013 // 2:00pm3:30pm
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.

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