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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.

CEF Director, Jennifer Turner, Interviewed exclusively by CNN on Documentary "Under the Dome"

CEF Director Jennifer Turner was interviewed by CNN, commenting on a smog documentary that exceeded 200 million views under a week and answering questions about the film's historical impacts on raise Chinese people's awareness for environmental problems.

Panel Discussion of "Under the Dome"


How Was This Allowed to Happen?
China’s Pollution Catastrophe and the Unlikely Film That is Forcing the Nation to Pay Attention

Key Takeaways

CEF Associate, Susan Chan Shifflett, Interviewed by the Guardian on China’s Food Security and Safety

For the past three decades an onslaught of urban development, desertification, and pollution has been eating away at China’s once-endless sprawl of tiny farms. China is facing radical challenge to feed its large population. “You have urbanization — people travel abroad,” says Susan Chan Shifflett, China Environment Forum’s associate. “They go to France, they see cheese, and they think, ‘why can’t I have brie in China?’ They’re changing their diets — meat consumption has quadrupled over the past 30 years.”

Film screening: "Cotton Road" for Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

Americans consume nearly 20 billion new items of clothing each year. However, few of us know how our clothes are made, much less who produces them. Cotton Road follows the commodity of cotton from South Carolina farms to Chinese factories to illuminate the work and industrial processes in a global supply chain.

  • Speakers

Matt McFall, Private Sector Engagement, World Wildlife Fund

Laura Kissel, Producer, Cotton Road

A Global Choke Point Report: China's Water-Energy-Food Roadmap

The water-energy-food nexus is creating a complicated challenge for China and the world. Energy development requires water. Moving and cleaning water requires energy. Food production at all stages—from irrigation to distribution—requires water and energy. As the most populous country and the world’s manufacturing hub, China demands all three resources in ever increasing amounts, leading to shortages that are creating serious choke points to the country’s development. Pressure on water is at the heart of these resource constraints facing China. 

China's Hottest Tech Giants Join the 'War on Pollution'

China’s hottest tech giants – Alibaba, Xiaomi, and Baidu – are making a splash on a global scale. But even as they battle for market shares, they are also helping Chinese people fight against pollution with newly released tech products that monitor air, water, and food pollution. While the government struggles to keep the country’s airways clean, these companies are enabling ordinary Chinese citizens to take environmental health into their own hands.Increasingly, Chinese people are eating, breathing, and drinking pollution. Here are some sobering statistics:

Clearing the Air: Is Natural Gas a Game Changer for Coal in China?