March 5, 2010

Upcoming China Environment Forum Events

Filed under: Asia — Tags: , , — inece @ 10:03 pm

More details on these meetings and RSVP information is below or available at http://www.wilsoncenter.org/cef

U.S.-China Partnership for Climate Action
Where: Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th floor Conference Room
When: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Who: George Hamilton, Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC)
Mel Rice, ISC
Dr. Zou Ji, World Resources Institute (WRI)
RSVP
: cef@wilsoncenter.org

The Obama-Hu energy agreements in November 2009 and the Copenhagen climate talks reinvigorated discussions on the need for the United States and China to collaborate on energy and climate issues, but translating that enthusiasm into concrete projects can be elusive. On March 11th, 2010, CEF will host three speakers who will present on the current political climate around energy and climate issues in China and introduce their joint work to help promote public-private energy efficiency initiatives and better measurement of greenhouse gas emissions in two of China’s most industrialized provinces, Guangdong and Jiangsu. For more information on the three speakers see here for more details.

US-China Cooperation to Reduce Black Carbon
Where: Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th floor Conference Room
When: Wednesday , March 17, 2010, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Who: Veerabhadran Ramanathan, University of California, San Diego
Dale Everts, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
RSVP: cef@wilsoncenter.org

Black carbon—which is mainly generated by diesel engines, coal plants, and cook stoves—is estimated to be the second leading contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide. And its effects are not limited to atmospheric warming; black carbon causes increased snow and ice-pack melt in the arctic and the Himalayas and can lead to serious pulmonary health effects. A reduction in black carbon reduction technologies in automobiles and coal plants would be a major step towards improving public health and achieving global climate benefits.

The speakers at this meeting will cover the energy and climate issues relating to black carbon in China and the United States. Veerabhadran Ramanathan of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego will give an overview of the current research being done on black carbon. Dale Evarts, of the US EPA, will discuss cooperation between EPA and China on air quality and opportunities for achieving public health improvements while getting climate co-benefits.

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