Environment

Air Pollution and Environmental Health Threats in Southern China

Paralleling the booming economies in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta (PRD) has been a growing air pollution problem that seriously threatens human health and the region's economy. Speaking at a 13 February 2007 CHINA ENVIRONMENT FORUM meeting, Christine Loh, founder of the Hong Kong think tank Civic Exchange, suggested that Hong Kong could lose its status as the economic hub of Asia if the city does not clean up its skies—a task that can only be accomplished in collaboration with Guangdong.

China Environment Forum Film Screening: "China from the Inside: Shifting Nature"

Sneak preview screening of "China from the Inside," the new KQED-Granada Television co-production for PBS and the BBC, featuring a panel discussion with the filmmaker Jonathan Lewis and the China Environment Forum's Jennifer Turner. Information on the full documentary available at:
China from the Inside: Shifting Nature.

Urban Transport Development in China - Trends and Challenges

Although China's overall personal vehicle sales and ownership rates are low when compared to the United States, the roads in China's largest cities are already clogged with cars and their emissions are the leading source of urban pollution. The wave of car purchases increases monthly—one recent survey showed that 13 percent of urbanites in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangdong intend to buy a car within the next 12 months.

Environmental Health Crises in Southwest China

Millions of rural and urban citizens in China suffer from health problems and limits to economic development due to contamination or shortages of water and air pollution from coal. In southwest China, water challenges are particularly acute due to that region's karst geology, where much of the water flows underground through caves rather than on the surface. These health problems are yet another burden on tens of millions of subsistence farmers.

China Shakes the World

We will be hosting former bureau chief of the Financial Times in Beijing—James Kynge—to talk about his new book "China Shakes the World: A Titan's Breakneck Rise and Troubled Future—and the Challenge for America." Drawing from his book (which I can testify is a super read), Mr. Kynge will discuss how China's hunger for foreign jobs, raw materials, energy, and food will reshape world trade, capital flows, and politics.

International Technology Transfer Experiences in China's Electricity and Transport Sectors

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in China has risen rapidly over the past twenty years, with China being the current lead recipient of FDI among all developing nations and second only to the United States among APEC countries. A small, yet growing type of FDI in China is focused on the production of "clean" technologies or products (e.g., for pollution control, energy efficiency, or renewable energy).

The Double Edge of Legal Advocacy in Environmental Public Participation in China: Raising the Stakes and Strengthening Stakeholders

Drawing on the feature article they wrote for the China Environment Series 8, Allison Moore, American Bar Association and Adria Warren, Foley and Lardner, LLP, discussed the political and legal dynamics of the development of public participation in the environmental sphere in China.

Film Screening: China's Sorrow - Earth's Hope

Initiated in 1994 with funding and expertise provided by the World Bank and the International Development Association (IDA) , the Loess Plateau Watershed Rehabilitation Project successfully broke the cycle of environmental degradation and poverty in an area that had become known as the most eroded place on earth.

Partnership for Clean Indoor Air in Guizhou Province: Promoting Environmental Health in Rural China

The Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (PCIA) was launched at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 in Johannesburg to address the increased environmental health risk faced by billons of people across the developing world who burn traditional biomass fuels and coal indoors for cooking and heating. More than 1.6 million people, mainly women and children, die prematurely each year from breathing elevated levels of indoor smoke. In an attempt to address this environmental health issue, the U.S.

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