Despite some critics, the U.S.-China agreement over carbon emissions achieved last November has sparked remarkable optimism in global climate negotiations. It’s also opened the door to new bilateral engagement between the U.S. and Chinese environmental communities on other issues, including China’s massive air pollution problems (16 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities are in China).
The creation of a water-energy research initiative in the landmark U.S.-China climate agreement last fall could be the beginning of a new and different path for Sino-U.S. collaboration.
The past decade has brought ground-shaking changes to global energy markets. The unconventional fuel boom has unexpectedly reduced U.S. dependence on oil imports, while in the Asia-Pacific region, energy-constrained nations are increasingly reliant on foreign sources to meet their soaring demand. With the U.S. slated to export liquid natural gas (LNG) to Asia as early as 2017, a new energy era has come.
A documentary film, The Cotton Road, directed by Laura Kissel was shown on March 18th at the Woodrow Wilson Center as part of the 23rd Environmental Film Festival in Washington. The film takes viewers on a journey with cotton from South Carolina to China that tries to stitch together some answers. More than 160 films from 31 countries are screened to promote dialogue and build understanding of environmental challenges and opportunities.
In the past March, an online documentary about air pollution in China called “Under the Dome” has drawn thousands of millions of views. Some have compared the film to Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring,” the 1962 book on pesticides that led to a ban on DDT. CEF Director Jennifer Turner was interviewed by Washington Post to comment on the impacts and significance of this film.
CEF Director, Jennifer Turner, Quoted by Marketplace about the groundbreaking documentary Under the DomeMar 31, 2015
China’s Premier Li Keqiang said in 2015 National People’s Congress that the government is serious about cutting smog and will impose harsher fines on polluters. Keqiang's comments came after the online release this month of a groundbreaking — at least, for China — documentary on the country’s air pollution crisis, called “Under the Dome”
Jennifer Turner, Director of China Environment Forum, Interviewed by Toronto Star about the smash-hit documentary Under the DomeMar 31, 2015
Under the Dome, the smash-hit documentary on pollution in China was banned in China after it triggered a national conversation. China Environment Forum Director, Jennifer Turner said, “A big moment is coming to China,” when being interviewed by Toronto Star about the film.
In an People’s Daily editorial about the U.S. China Climate Cooperation deal reached last November, CEF director Jennifer Turner, said the U.S.‐China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) established under the agreement is of special importance.
CEF Director, Jennifer Turner commented about a viral Chinese smog documentary “Under the Dome” on VOA.
With the hit of a popular smog documentary Under the Dome released in March, CCTV America interviewed Jennifer Turner, the director of China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center, on China’s new pollution policies.