Events

Collaboration with Taiwan to Address Regional Environmental Challenges

August 11, 2011 // 10:30am11:30am
Come join the Wilson Center's China Environment Forum and Asia Program for a conversation with Taiwan's Minister of Environmental Protection, Dr. Stephen Shu-Hung Shen, to learn about work the EPA and Taiwan have been doing since 2010 to engage regional partners to advance global capacity in the remediation of contaminated sites, e-waste recycling and management, and reduction of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from ports.
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Dams and Sustainability in China

July 26, 2011 // 9:00am11:00am
Dams, dams, and more dams! China is home to roughly half the world's large dams, and hydropower is set to play a key role in helping China meet its 2020 carbon intensity reduction commitments. Dozens of new large hydro projects are underway across the southwestern part of the country, where steep mountains and big rivers mean great hydro potential. Yet many of those projects are in culturally or ecologically sensitive areas that are home to large concentrations of ethnic minorities, and may involve trans-boundary rivers – all of which bring the long-term sustainability of the projects to the fore.

Averting Toxic Disasters in China

June 23, 2011 // 9:00am11:00am
Over the past several years, the Chinese news media has been more active in reporting on lead poisoning cases and cadmium contamination in food. Overall, however, the magnitude of China's toxic pollution problems is not very well understood, which hinders the search for solutions. For example, China uses and releases more mercury than any other country in the world.
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Environmental Legal Advocates Pushing the Public Interest

June 09, 2011 // 9:00am11:00am
Enforcement of environmental laws has long been a major challenge in China, where severe water, air, and soil pollution problems are causing increasing health problems across the country. A new tool that lawyers and NGOs in China have begun to explore is the use of public interest law cases to push for better enforcement of pollution control regulations.

The Forgotten Renewable: Biogas

May 24, 2011 // 9:00am11:00am
China's status as number one emitter of CO2 is fairly common knowledge, but less heralded in the newspapers or global climate talks is that China's anthropogenic methane emissions are also first in the world. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. A large percentage of China's anthropogenic methane emissions come from agriculture (manure management); coal mines; landfills; and natural gas and oil systems.

Greening China's Urbanization Boom

May 16, 2011 // 10:00am12:00pm
With an average GDP rate of 10 percent for the past thirty years, China's economic boom has brought millions out of poverty and fueled a rate of urbanization that is faster than any country in human history. Between 1980 and 2008, China's urbanization rate rose from 20 to 44.9 percent, with the current urban population reaching slightly over 600 million. Buildings consume one-quarter of the China's total energy, and this fraction will expand considerably as the government pushes forward policies to urbanize another 350 million over the next twenty years.
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Choke Point: Confronting Energy Demand and Water Scarcity in China

May 06, 2011 // 9:00am11:00am
China's soaring economy, fueled by an unyielding appetite for coal, is threatened by the country's steadily diminishing freshwater reserves.
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Altered Landscapes: Golf Course Development in China

April 18, 2011 // 2:00pm4:00pm
At this April 18 CEF meeting, China-based photojournalist Ryan Pyle will present photos and information on golf course development on Hainan Island focusing on the environmental impacts and governance challenges that rapid golf course construction poses for China. Additionally, Tad Ferris—an environmental lawyer from Holland and Knight who has decades of experience in working on environmental law in China—will discuss some of governance challenges that drive destructive land development in China.

Tsinghua Environmental and Energy Law Forum: Global Choke Point - Confronting Energy Demand and Water Scarcity in China and the United States

April 14, 2011 // 6:00pm9:30pm
Underlying China's new standing in the world, like a tectonic fault line, is an increasingly fierce competition between energy and water that threatens to upend China's progress.

Beijing Energy Network Presents: Global Choke Point - Confronting Energy Demand and Water Scarcity in China and the United States

April 06, 2011 // 8:45pm10:45pm
Underlying China's new standing in the world, like a tectonic fault line, is an increasingly fierce competition between energy and water that threatens to upend China's progress.

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