Lectures on China’s Environment

Xuhui Lee, Editor

This volume is a collection of essays based on a lecture series course taught in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University in the fall semester of 2008. The course explored the environmental ramifications of economic growth in China and the challenges that growth poses to protecting China’s natural resources and preserving its biodiversity. The course discussed the scientific foundation for environmental decision-making and strategies for engaging the Chinese government, private, and non-government sectors in sustainable development. Eleven prominent environmental scholars were invited to Yale to present lectures and join the course discussion with Yale faculty and students. Their presentations and the subsequent discussions, written up by students in the course and approved by the scholars themselves, form the basis for the individual chapters in the book. A short biography of each scholar appears at the end of the chapter presenting his or her material, along with a short biography of the student author.

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