In the past March, an online documentary about air pollution in China called “Under the Dome” has drawn thousands of millions of views. Some have compared the film to Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring,” the 1962 book on pesticides that led to a ban on DDT. CEF Director Jennifer Turner was interviewed by Washington Post to comment on the impacts and significance of this film.

“’Silent Spring’ was a low-tech version of what the film did,” said Turner. “It made the problem very personal and also understandable. I was struck with how it was so much from the heart. She really gave voice to a lot of unspoken fears people have in China. You can’t look out at a wall of gray without being scared.”

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