Events

Scaling Up: Chinese Renewable Energy Investments in the United States and Beyond

June 10, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
Speakers will explore drivers of China’s renewable investments and the policy, market and financial opportunities and challenges to greater renewable investment in the United States.

Coal In China: Problems and the Future (in SAN FRANCISCO)

May 07, 2013 // 5:30pm7:15pm
Coal has long been the main fuel source powering most of China. But are the health and environmental risks spinning out of control? For the past several years, Greenpeace activist Sun Qingwei has worked to expose the environmental and human health risks of coal mining and consumption.
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The Thirsty Triangle: The Water Footprint of Energy Trade Between China, Canada, and the United States

May 03, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
The Canada Institute and the China Environment Forum are honored to host a distinguished panel for a discussion on the energy-water nexus that exists within the China-North America relationship. Our panelists will examine the ways that North American energy exports impact water and energy use in China, as well as the ways that these exports are changing American and Canadian use of water domestically.

The Green Revolution in China

April 30, 2013 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Drawing on his chapter in the recently published chinadialogue book China and the Environment: The Green Revolution, Jianqiang Liu relates the role that NGOs, news media and community leaders played in forming an environmental movement opposing a dam on the Tiger Leaping Gorge.

IN DENVER, COLORADO - Global Choke Point: Confronting Energy Demand and Water Scarcity in China and the United States

April 11, 2013 // 5:00pm7:00pm
China’s soaring economy, fueled by an unyielding appetite for coal, is threatened by the country's steadily diminishing freshwater reserves. The United States faces similar water-energy confrontations—over millions of gallons of water are taken from ranchers to develop the deep oil and gas shale reserves of the west and there are battles between Georgia and Florida over diminishing drinking water reserves. Global Choke Point, though, is not necessarily a narrative of doom and gloom. The presentations will examine both the challenges and opportunities presented by these looming choke points.

The Devouring Dragon: How China’s Rise Threatens Our Natural World

April 04, 2013 // 9:00am10:30am
While China’s rise is often viewed through its wide-ranging political and economic effects on the world, its growing impacts on the physical planet will leave a more permanent legacy. In his new book, The Devouring Dragon, Craig Simons argues that China’s growing consumer demands have pushed China from being a small player in global resource consumption to its most voracious participant in just a decade. China’s transition is already having massive impacts on the environment.

Balancing Act on the Mekong: Building Linkages for Sustainable Dam Development

March 25, 2013 // 2:00pm3:30pm
The Mekong Region is a massive ecosystem that is the lifeline for more than 60 million people across six countries: China, Laos, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. For the people in the Lower Mekong Basin, it provides more fish to more people than any other river in the world.
Webcast

Shale Gas Revolution in China: Game Changer for Coal?

March 15, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
According to China’s 12th Fifth-Year Plan, the Chinese government is prioritizing more gas in the energy mix, using it as a “bridging” fuel between coal and a cleaner energy future. Although a shale and natural gas revolution is unlikely, at least in the short-term, these forms of energy offer promise of a more low-carbon development path for China.

Environmental Film Festival: 'Beijing Besieged by Waste'

March 14, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
With a population of around 20 million and growing, Beijing’s residents produce unfathomable amounts of waste every day. Between 2008 and 2010, photographer and filmmaker Wang Jiuliang traveled to hundreds of legal and illegal landfills around the capital city to document the less considered side of China’s economic ascent.

China’s Climate Change Challenge

March 13, 2013 // 9:00am10:30am
NOTE: We are no longer accepting RSVPs for this event. Seating will be on a first come-first serve basis, so please arrive early to ensure seating.

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