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Atlantic Council | Climate, tech, and security: Achieving greater power collaboration
Dr. Jennifer Turner joined Sherri Goodman (Polar Institute, ECSP), Margaret Jackson (Atlantic Council), and Thammy Evans (Atlantic Council) for a lively discussion hosted by David Bray (Atlantic Council) about technological innovations to solve the growing climate crisis and the international leadership necessary to motivate that change.
PRI's The World | Can Joe Biden get China to stop building coal plants?
Can Joe Biden get China to stop building coal plants? (October 8, 2020)
As part of its massive global infrastructure project, Belt and Road, China is financing dozens of new coal plants in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. For countries that desperately need more electricity, that's a big win. But it's also bad for climate change. Joe Biden says he will get China to stop building more coal plants. But how realistic is that pledge? Dr. Jennifer Turner weighs in.
China-Britain Business Focus | Is China's 2060 Carbon Neutrality Goal Realistic?
Is China's 2060 Carbon Neutrality Goal Realistic? (September 25, 2020)
"Despite lacking details, President Xi’s 2060 carbon neutral declaration is encouraging, especially in a year when scientists say climate disruption is becoming locked in. If Mr Xi’s moonshot target is backed by concrete and aggressive action it could spark renewed global action on climate, similar to how a US-China bilateral agreement united the world behind the Paris climate talks." - Dr. Jennifer Turner
Sustainable Asia Podcast | Will China Save Antarctica's Southern Ocean?
Sustainable Asia Season 10 Will China Save Antarctica's Southern Ocean?
In collaboration with Chinadialogue, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and CEF, the Sustainable Asia podcast released a special season in September to promote conversation about China's role in supporting the creation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Antarctica ahead of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting in November 2020.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai | China Voices: The State of China's Environmental Policy
PODCAST: The State of China's Environmental Policy (July 22, 2020)
Dr. Jennifer Turner spoke with AmCham's Kate about the evolution of China’s climate change and environmental policies and how its “war on pollution” and climate change initiatives could be impacted by the economic downturn of the COVID-19 pandemic. They also also discussed other environmental issues facing China, including deforestation and the environmental impacts of the Belt and Road Initiative.
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InsightOut: Closing the Loop on Wastewater in China
China's mountains of municipal and industrial sludge and lack of rural wastewater treatment sparked Xi Jinping to declare wastewater a major part of his "war on pollution" in 2018. However, treating wastewater and sludge can be an expensive battle to wage and despite passage of the stringent Water Ten Plan in 2015, water quality still has not met anticipated targets in one-third of the country.Learn More
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Global Choke Point Initiative
The conflicting demand for water, energy and food is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. Under Global Choke Point, a collaborative initiative between Circle of Blue and the Wilson Center, CEF has created stories, infographics, videos, and workshops that explore the intensifying confrontation between growing energy demand, food needs, and declining freshwater supplies in China, India, and the United States. Our Choke Point: China work informed the creation of a water-energy track under the landmark 2014 U.S.-China Climate and Clean Energy Agreement. Today, our water-energy work is diving deep into low-carbon urban water solutions in the United States and China.
Serious Game: The Plastic Pipeline
CEF and the Wilson Center’s Serious Games Initiatives (SGI) are currently developing an educational digital game, The Plastic Pipeline, which will raise public awareness on the plastic product lifecycle and policies as well as consumer actions to slow plastic leakage into the ocean. To address the mounting issue of plastics, this project, partially funded by the National Geographic Society, will target diverse audiences around the globe and extend to related projects on waste management, disposal, and recycling in Asia.
InsightOut Issue 1 - Clearing the Air: Is Natural Gas China's Game Changer for Coal?
Natural gas has emerged as a potential game changer on China’s path to reduce its reliance on coal and shift to cleaner energy sources. This shift, however, is bound to require costly investments, raise energy prices, and dampen economic competitiveness in the short term.
InsightOut Issue 2 - Missed Opportunity? Chinese Clean Energy Foreign Direct Investment in the United States
When foreign investors locate new energy projects in the United States, U.S. workers and consumers benefit. These investments, particularly in clean energy, help maintain and upgrade infrastructure, reduce carbon pollution, lower energy costs, and increase the nation’s resilience to extreme weather events and global oil market shocks.
InsightOut Issue 3 - Breaking Out of the Dome
InsightOut Issue 4- Waste Power: Can Wastewater Revolutionize Pollution Control and Clean Energy in Cities?
InsightOut Issue 5- Choke Point Solutions: Can Western China Lower its Coal-Water Risk?
InsightOut Issue 6 - Closing the Loop on Wastewater in China
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