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From Farm to Roundtable: Innovative Partnerships to Improve China's Meat Supply Chains

The first amendments to China's Food Safety Law are likely to pass this year and they will bring new tracking and training systems, stricter health standards, and higher penalties for illegal production and management of food and food additives. To increase the efficiency, safety and sustainability of the country's food supply chains, especially meat, the Chinese government and industries also have expanded partnerships with international organizations.

The next step in China-LAC links

With infrastructure projects booming, Latin America has been buying more steel from China, which is coping with surpluses. [Photo/Provided to China Daily]

The Diplomat Reported CEF Coal Cap Meeting

Whether a Chinese coal cap by 2030 is feasible was the subject under discussion at a Capping China’s Coal event by the China Environment Forum of the Wilson Center on November 24th. The general consensus was that such a cap is possible, and recent positive signs (like the U.S.-China joint announcement on emissions reduction targets) indicate the government is taking the problem seriously. Still, there’s a lot of work to be done to ensure that China’s coal use reaches a peak soon.

U.S.-China Cooperation: The Significance of the Joint Agreement on Climate Change and Clean Energy

The deal, a surprise to many, has been called, “historic.” Last month, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced both countries will curb their greenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades. Is this the game changer that those calling for action have been waiting for? Will this create momentum for increased international cooperation? And what does the deal address beyond carbon emissions? China Environment Forum Director, Jennifer Turner provides analysis.

CEF Coal Meeting Quoted in Scientific American's Op-ed

CEF November 30th meeting, "Capping China’s Coal" was quoted in a Scientific American op-ed titled "Can China Cut Coal". Jake Schmidt, International Program Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Yang Fuqiang, NRDC's Senior Advisor on Climate, Energy and Environment, Hu Tao from World Wildlife Fund-US and Kelly Sims Gallagher from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy spoke at the meeting. According to a NRDC report, the vast majority of China's CO2 emissions are a result of coal combustion.

The Ripple Effect of Dams and Water Transfer Projects in China

In China no infrastructure project is too big. China has been accelerating dam construction to meet the country’s electricity hunger and calls for low-carbon power. The South-North Water Transfer project’s second canal came online this month shifting water to China’s parched north. At this meeting, Scott Moore (Harvard University/Council on Foreign Relations) will dive into the environmental and development challenges that this  water transfer project is facing.

CEF director, Jennifer Turner, was interviewed by the KCRW about Sino-US Climate Deal

The historic deal between the US and China promises to set the most ambitious carbon reduction standards for ever in the world’s two top green house gas emitters. In Beijing, it’s all about keeping the economy up and public discontent down. Jennifer Turner, CEF director was interviewed by KCRW radio program for To the Point.

Jennifer Turner, Director of CEF interviewed by Circle of Blue

While no specifics are available on the new water-energy program that will be part of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) this represents an important first step. Both countries have now officially recognized and committed resources to investigating an issue that will continue to grow in importance over time. 

The Washington Post quotes Dr. Jennifer Turner, CEF Director on the implications of the APEC meeting

The Washington Post interviewed Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for a recent article addressing the ramifications of the pledges made by China and the US to reduce emissions at the APEC meeting.

“If China and the United States say, ‘We’re both doing it,’ what does India say?” said Jennifer Turner “No one is hiding behind China now.”