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Business Insider: Dr. Turner discusses the Cost of Smog to China

Mar 06, 2013
Business Insider interviewed CEF Director Jennifer Turner for the article, "Pollution is Costing China's Economy More than $100 Billion a Year."

Choke Point: China's Provincial Water Resources and Use (2002-2010)

Feb 25, 2013
Nearly 70 percent of water withdrawn in China is for agriculture, while 20 percent is withdrawn to mine, process, and consume coal. By 2020, China’s water use — driven in large part by the 30 percent expected increase in coal-fired power production — will increase dramatically.
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Map: China's West-East Electricity Transfer Project

Feb 19, 2013
CEF is proud to announce that we are launching our first interactive infographic – a map of China’s West-East Electricity Transfer Project. The map underscores China’s energy and water imbalances and the looming choke point China faces in terms of water, food, and energy security. The map also illustrates how consumer goods made in China’s factories along its eastern coast are powered by coal and hydropower in the country’s western provinces.
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CES 12 Preview: Sustainable Coffee Growing in Yunnan

Feb 19, 2013
Yunnan is a microcosm of the intertwined challenges facing China; climate change, strained water resources, and rising energy and food demand to meet the demands of the world’s largest country are together forming a Choke Point that cannot be ignored. In a striking example of one such growing water-energy-food choke point, Yunnan's Nuozhadu Dam on the Mekong River is located in Pu'er, the epicenter of Yunnan's coffee growing boom. Yunnan's looming threats of drought, dams, development, and deforestation are making the need for sustainable water practices, like those in Starbucks' C.A.F.E. Practices, all the more urgent.

Video: Jennifer Turner on U.S.-China Policy Foundation's Show, China Forum

Feb 13, 2013
On February 6, CEF Director Dr. Jennifer Turner, and Dr. Joanna Lewis of Georgetown University appeared on the U.S.-China Policy Foundation‘s (USCPF) show, China Forum, discussing China’s energy usage and its impact on the environment.

Choke Point: Waiting for a Shale Breakthrough in China

Dec 05, 2012
Shale gas development promises to help resolve the confrontation between rising demand for energy and declining freshwater reserves, along with other potentially huge benefits, not the least of which is to the environment. But of all the big national projects that China has taken on in the last two decades, adding unconventional domestic sources of natural gas to the fuel supply has eluded China.

Program Associate - China Environment Forum

Oct 09, 2012
The Center's China Environment Forum is in search of a Program Associate that will be responsible for developing conferences and seminars related to China’s environmental challenges, U.S.-China energy relations, and water-energy confrontations in China and in neighboring countries, as well as issues related to the environmental impact of China’s overseas investments. Please click on the link above for the full job opportunity announcement and a full list of duties and how to apply.

Preview: Choke Point: China Part II

Oct 01, 2012
The Woodrow Wilson Center's China Environment Forum and Circle of Blue have been working on the next part of the Choke Point: China series with support from Skoll Global Threats Fund. Circle of Blue’s director and senior editor just returned from the second fieldwork trip to China to examine the water-energy challenges facing second-tier cities, shale gas development, water pollution, and the expansion of agriculture in the northeast. The upcoming Choke Point: China part II reports will begin being posted later this month, but we already have some short blog posts as a preview. The first focuses on aquaculture in China.

Wilson Center Announces New Program on Global Sustainability & Resilience

Aug 17, 2012
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars today announced the creation of a new program to study the impact of global changes—such as population growth, resource scarcity, urbanization, migration, and economic development—on people’s lives, from their environment and health to their security and economic wellbeing.

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Experts & Staff

  • Roger-Mark De Souza // Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Wilson Center
  • Blair A. Ruble // Vice President for Programs; Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory; and Senior Advisor, Kennan Institute
  • Jennifer L. Turner // Director, China Environment Forum
  • Sandeep Bathala // Senior Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative
  • Thea Cooke // Program Assistant
  • Katharine Diamond // Program Assistant, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Allison Garland // Program Associate, Urban Sustainability Laboratory
  • Lauren Herzer // Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Schuyler Null // Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative
  • Meaghan Parker // Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Sean Peoples // Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Susan Chan Shifflett // Program Associate, China Environment Forum