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China's Environmental Challenge

Guest Speaker: Dr. Phillip Stalley, Associate Prof. & Fulbright Scholarship Program Advisor, Dept. of Political Science, College of LAS, DePaul University

Over the last four decades, no country 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 ofits recent economic achievements.  In this talk, 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 protection.

 Dr. Stalley teaches courses on international relations, Chinese politics and environmental politics at DePaul.  He received a Ph.D. in International Relations from George Washington University.  Prior to joining DePaul, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at Princeton University in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program.  He is the author of Foreign Firms, Investment, and Environmental Regulation in the People's Republic of China (Stanford University Press) and his work can be found in academic journals such as the China Quarterly, Global Environmental Politics, and the Journal of Contemporary China.