China Environment Events

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Book Launch: Sustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy

September 24, 2012 // 9:00am10:30am
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
Sustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy provides a governmental and private-sector overview of the complex dynamics of competition and cooperation behind U.S. and Chinese national efforts to develop their solar, wind, and other alternative energy industries. It assesses systemic differences in clean energy policy between the United States and China and identifies areas of congruence as well as disparity.
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Green Urbanization in Asia

August 29, 2012 // 9:00am10:30am
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
The number of people moving into Asian cities is historically unprecedented. Millions of people are rapidly migrating into the cities, and the number of megacities and areas with extremely high population densities is rising. This trend is expected to continue as a relatively low share of Asia's population still lives in urban areas. Download the report or read a summary of the event here!

View From the Bench: Strengthening Environmental Governance in China's Courts

August 09, 2012 // 10:30am12:00pm
China Environment Forum
The battle to combat pollution in China is making its way to Chinese courts. Recent class action suits and public interest cases are demonstrating how environmental arbitration is becoming an effective tool for tackling environmental issues.

The Thirsty King: Digging into the Water Footprint of China’s Coal

July 24, 2012 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
This discussion "digs" into the coal-water choke point in China, looking at how the country's continued reliance on coal will impact future water supplies, and how China's power sector will survive a predictably parched future.

Energizing China’s Waste

June 14, 2012 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
China produces over one-quarter of the world’s garbage, piling up at least 250 million tons of household waste each year. As the trash continues to pile, debate surrounding waste management in China heats up.

Chinese Investment in North American Energy

May 31, 2012 // 9:00am11:00am
Canada Institute
As world energy demand soars, nations and corporations around the globe are seeking new resources and techniques for expanding energy production. The Canada Institute and China Environment Forum will examine these issues and the future of the Chinese-North American energy relationship.

A Way Toward a Super Ministry? A Case Study of Environmental Protection Administrative System Reform in China - Co-Sponsored with the World Bank

March 27, 2012 // 12:30pm2:00pm
China Environment Forum
China has made significant progress in building an administrative system for environmental protection from nil over the past 40 years. The most recent reform of the government organization at the national level in 2008 was guided by the concept of establishing a system of “super-ministries” with comprehensive functions so as to trim the size of the government and improve efficiency. As part of this, the then-State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) was upgraded to the level of a full ministry with a cabinet position on the State Council, renamed the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP). But the nation still is confronted by serious and growing environmental problems that require further significant advances. Based on the results of a World Bank Technical Assistance, the presentation will examine the current situation and problems with the administrative system for environmental protection, review past government administrative reforms and international experience, and set out a series of recommendations for the future reform of the national-level administrative system for environmental protection in six main areas - roles and responsibility of government agencies, environmental laws, a national coordination and decision making body, MEP organizational structure, supervision of local governments, and capacity building.

Film Screening: The Warriors of Qiugang

March 21, 2012 // 12:00pm1:15pm
China Environment Forum
Villagers in central China confront a chemical company that is poisoning their land and water in this rare portrait of grassroots activism in contemporary China. When his own fields could no longer be farmed, Zhang Gongli filed a lawsuit against the polluting factory. After he lost, he initiated a stubborn, and often dangerous, campaign for justice. The Warriors of Qiugang follows Zhang and his allies in the village as they petition Beijing, recruit support from the local media, reach out for help from a local NGO and make contact with environmental activists from across China. The film’s intimacy leads us beyond the headlines and clichés about modern China and offer a memorable portrait of villagers wrestling with, and transformed by, China’s headlong rush into modernity. In Chinese, with English subtitles, the movie was directed by Ruby Yang and produced by Thomas Lennon. It was the 2011 Academy Award Nominee for Documentary Short Film.
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Stepping Lighter? Environmental and Social Impacts of China’s Overseas Oil, Mineral, and Gas Investments

January 13, 2012 // 10:00am12:00pm
China Environment Forum
To get the New Year rolling here at the Wilson Center, we start off with a CEF meeting on Friday January 13th (10:00-12:00) discussing the drivers and ecological impacts of China’s overseas investments in the oil and mining sectors. Our three speakers—Erica Downs (Brookings); Adina Matisoff (Friends of Earth); and Derek Scissors (The Heritage Foundation)—will share case studies and insights into Chinese investments in oil and minerals, as well as trends in China Development Bank loans and the financing of energy projects overseas.

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