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.