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China Town Hall
October 18, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Black Rivers, Green Ambitions: the politics of environmental protection in China
Over the last four decades, no county has moved up the economic ladder as quickly as China. China’s nine percent annual growth, faster than any country in history, has lifted hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens out of poverty. However, it has also placed a tremendous strain on the natural environment.
Sixteen of the twenty most polluted cities in the world are in China and it is estimated that air pollution alone contributes to 1.2 million premature deaths in China each year – a population greater than that of San Francisco. The concern of many is that China’s current rate of environmental damage is not sustainable and threatens to reverse many of China’s recent economic achievements.
In this lecture, Dr. Stalley will discuss the causes and consequences of China’s environmental challenge. In the process, he will introduce some of the steps the Chinese government is taking to promote sustainable development as well as the obstacles inhibiting better environmental projection.