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.
Book Launch: The Global Farms Race -- Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Former Soviet Union
December 04, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
The launch of a new book on arguably one of the world's most underreported trends: The acquisition, by nations and private investors, of vast expanses of precious farmland overseas.
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.
September 24, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Sustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy provides a governmental and private-sector overview of the complex dynamics of competition and cooperation behind U.S. and Chinese national efforts to develop their solar, wind, and other alternative energy industries. It assesses systemic differences in clean energy policy between the United States and China and identifies areas of congruence as well as disparity.
August 29, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:30am
The number of people moving into Asian cities is historically unprecedented. Millions of people are rapidly migrating into the cities, and the number of megacities and areas with extremely high population densities is rising. This trend is expected to continue as a relatively low share of Asia's population still lives in urban areas. Download the report or read a summary of the event here!
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.
July 24, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
This discussion "digs" into the coal-water choke point in China, looking at how the country's continued reliance on coal will impact future water supplies, and how China's power sector will survive a predictably parched future.
June 14, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
China produces over one-quarter of the world’s garbage, piling up at least 250 million tons of household waste each year. As the trash continues to pile, debate surrounding waste management in China heats up.
May 31, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
As world energy demand soars, nations and corporations around the globe are seeking new resources and techniques for expanding energy production. The Canada Institute and China Environment Forum will examine these issues and the future of the Chinese-North American energy relationship.
Global Choke Point: Exploring the Water Energy Confrontations in China and the United States (In Seattle, WA)
May 10, 2012 // 9:30am — 11:30am