Environmental Equity in China

The Great Proletariat Revolution, which led to the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, was designed to rid the country of inequities that existed for over 2,000 years of dynastic rule. Mao Zedong envisioned building a strong, egalitarian utopia to benefit the country's downtrodden peasants and workers.

A Roundtable Discussion with SEPA Minister Xie Zhenhua

To be heard among a sea of voices advocating economic development before ecological concerns, environmental activists and academics in China generally must be hardworking and possess dynamic personalities. Dynamism and commitment to protecting the environment also is increasingly evident in some officials of China's State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA)—most notably in SEPA's minister Xie Zhenhua. Minister Xie sparked a candid and lively discussion at a December 9th meeting of the China Environment Forum.

Challenges for Financing Environmental Infrastructure in China

Presentations by the China Environment Forum's Municipal Finance Study Group, made possible by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Investment in Basic Environmental Protection Infrastructure in China

A Land on Fire: The Environmental Consequences of the Southeast Asian Boom

Over the past two decades, Southeast Asia has been on fire, both figuratively and literally. Economies throughout the region have exploded, taking advantage of small production costs and a low-paid, highly motivated workforce. At the same time, to fuel rapid growth, forests have been stripped for lumber and the land torched for new agricultural opportunities. Indeed, economic success has often come at the expense of the environment and with sixty percent of the world's population, environmental degradation in Southeast Asia has potential worldwide effect.

Harnessing the Waters: Nature Conquest in China's Past and Present

Perhaps no other issue in China today receives more news media attention than construction of the Three Gorges Dam. On billboards and in state-run media, the Chinese government trumpets the dam as a sign of the country's ability to achieve advanced engineering feats on par with the West; while concerned scientists, scholars, and activists around the world condemn the project as an ecological and social catastrophe. On 1 June 2003, the dam's reservoir officially began to take water.

Air Pollution Challenges in Rural China

Featuring: Jonathan Sinton, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Robert P. Weller, Boston University

By Timothy Hildebrandt and Jennifer L. Turner

"Railroad of Hope"

Featuring: Jay Dautcher, University of Pennsylvania; Stanley Toops, Miami University (Ohio)

By Timothy Hildebrandt and Jennifer L. Turner

Exploring Sustainable Agriculture in China

Featuring: Isi Siddiqui, CropLife America; Jessica Hamburger, Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA); Roger Blobaum, Organic Agriculture Consultant

By Timothy Hildebrandt and Jennifer L. Turner

Environmental Governance in China

Featuring: Gordon Davis, American Bar Association; Jia Feng, Center for Environmental Education and Communications, SEPA; Richard Ferris, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. (Discussant)

By Timothy Hildebrandt and Jennifer L. Turner

<b>Natural Geologic Conditions, Environmental Challenges, and Human Health in Southwest China </b>

Featuring: Chris Groves, Hoffman Environmental Research Institute, Western Kentucky University; Robert Finkelman, U.S. Geological Survey; José Centeno, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology

By Timothy Hildebrandt and Jennifer L. Turner