Seminar on Environmental Impact of Chinese and Indian Urban Growth, Today

Chinese and Indian cities are at the front lines of a massive wave of urbanization, and this is creating a variety of energy and environmental challenges domestically and internationally.

A Duke conference this week will focus on the changes brought about by this urbanization, raising questions of how countries balance demands for more energy, water and food, and what are countries’ responsibilities regarding energy consumption and climate challenges?

The seminar, "Water, Environment, and Urbanization: China and India in the Age of Globalization" will be held from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in 217 Perkins Library.

This free public event will feature Jennifer Turner, who has been the director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center for 13 years. She has created meetings, exchanges and publications focusing on a variety of challenges facing China, particularly those concerning water, energy and climate challenges, as well as environmental nongovernmental organizations, environmental journalism, and environmental governance in China.

This public lecture is funded by the Mellon Foundation, sponsored by the Duke Asian/Pacific Studies Institute, and convened by Sucheta Mazumdar of Duke's Department of History and Erika Weinthal of the Nicholas School of the Environment.

The seminar is part of a larger campus effort to link Asian studies faculty and students with those in the Nicholas School to student engagement and learning on the water-energy-food nexus in Asia.