July 26, 2011 // 9:00am — 11:00am
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.
June 23, 2011 // 9:00am — 11:00am
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.
June 10, 2011 // 7:30am — 9:30am
Environment and energy issues pose both threats and opportunities no matter where you sit. Leading experts discuss how two critical American actors are tackling these challenges: the business community and the U.S. military.
June 09, 2011 // 9:00am — 11:00am
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.
May 24, 2011 // 9:00am — 11:00am
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.
May 16, 2011 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
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.
May 06, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:15pm
The confrontation between growth, water, and energy is readily visible in both the U.S. and China and is virtually certain to grow over the next decade. Leading experts examined the energy-water “choke points” that are tightening around the world’s two largest economies and how the dilemma affects energy and environmental policy choices facing the U.S. Congress.
May 06, 2011 // 9:00am — 11:00am
China's soaring economy, fueled by an unyielding appetite for coal, is threatened by the country's steadily diminishing freshwater reserves.
May 05, 2011 // 9:00am — 11:30am
Kang Wu, Nathan Lemphers and Norm Rinne assessed the prospects and barriers of increasing Canadian oil exports to the Asian market, as well as China's desire to import heavy crude from Canada.
April 18, 2011 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
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.