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China Daily Reported Documentary Cotton Road Screening at Wilson Center

A documentary film, The Cotton Road, directed by Laura Kissel was shown on March 18th at the Woodrow Wilson Center as part of the 23rd Environmental Film Festival in Washington. The film takes viewers on a journey with cotton from South Carolina to China that tries to stitch together some answers. More than 160 films from 31 countries are screened to promote dialogue and build understanding of environmental challenges and opportunities.

CEF Director, Jennifer Turner, Interviewed by Washington Post about the Documentary Under the Dome

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.

CEF Director, Jennifer Turner, Quoted by Marketplace about the groundbreaking documentary Under the Dome

China’s Premier Li Keqiang said in 2015 National People’s Congress that the government is serious about cutting smog and will impose harsher fines on polluters. Keqiang's comments came after the online release this month of a groundbreaking — at least, for China — documentary on the country’s air pollution crisis, called “Under the Dome”

Jennifer Turner, Director of China Environment Forum, Interviewed by Toronto Star about the smash-hit documentary Under the Dome

Under the Dome, the smash-hit documentary on pollution in China was banned in China after it triggered a national conversation. China Environment Forum Director, Jennifer Turner said, “A big moment is coming to China,” when being interviewed by Toronto Star about the film.

“You can’t hide from this,” said Turner. “I think it (the documentary) could very well lead to an acceleration of dealing with governance hurdles,” as pollution is hurting the economy and there are concerns about social instability.

CEF Director, Jennifer Turner Interviewed by People’s Daily on U.S. China Climate Cooperation

In an People’s Daily editorial about the U.S. China Climate Cooperation deal reached last November, CEF director Jennifer Turner, said the U.S.‐China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) established under the agreement is of special importance.

CEF Director, Jennifer Turner, Interviewed by VOA about the Viral ‘Under the Dome’ Video

CEF Director, Jennifer Turner commented about a viral Chinese smog documentary “Under the Dome” on VOA.

Jennifer Turner, CEF Director Talks to CCTV America About Pollution Policies in China

With the hit of a popular smog documentary Under the Dome released in March, CCTV America interviewed Jennifer Turner, the director of China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center, on China’s new pollution policies.

CEF Director, Jennifer Turner Interviewed by Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on the Documentary Under the Dome

Within a week, at least 200 million citizens of China took to their computers to watch "Under the Dome" — a film that deals with a very sensitive, and serious, issue in China: the country's ongoing crisis of air pollution. Canadian Broadcasting Corp. interviewed Jennifer Turner, the director of the China Environment Forum about the significance and potential impacts of the film.

China Daily Covered the Public Screening of Under the Dome at Wilson Center

Under the Dome, a smog documentary that had drawn over 200 million views under a week, was screened its first half at Wilson Center on March 12. In the following panel discussion, experts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Holland and Knight LLP and the ClimateWorks Foundation agreed that the documentary was of significance in arousing public concern on the environmental from a public health perspective.

A Path to Win the War on Pollution? Environmental Law Reform in China

In order to meet the country’s increasingly ambitious air emission targets, Chinese policymakers have unleashed a wave of environmental reforms—from increasing pollutant discharge disclosure requirements and ratcheting up pollution penalties, to authorizing NGOs to bring public interest lawsuits against polluters. The pressure on polluters is likely to intensify with the revisions of the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Law and moving towards the creation of a national framework for emissions trading.