Environmental Pressures on China’s Changing Cities and Countryside

April 23, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Event Co-sponsors: 
Global Sustainability and Resilience Program
Urban Sustainability Laboratory

China’s urban and rural areas are rapidly changing and are facing dire resource constraints. Cities and countryside both contribute to and are vulnerable to water pollution and scarcity, particularly in China’s dry north. At this CEF meeting, speakers will provide a comparative perspective of pollution, drought, and development challenges in China’s metropolitan and rural areas, particularly in the Gobi Desert region.

At this talk Xuefei Ren will discuss recent trends of urbanization in China and its implications on mobility and the environment. Troy Sternberg will discuss how droughts, extreme winters, and climate impacts not only threaten rural north China, but reverberate in Chinese cities and beyond.

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • Xuefei Ren // Fellow
    Assistant Professor of Sociology and Global Urban Studies, Michigan State University and Faculty Associate, Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan
  • The John Fell Research Fellow in the School of Geography, University of Oxford
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