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Elizabeth Economy: The River Runs Black

Asia Society presents a talk by Elizabeth Economy on China's growing environmental crisis and its implications for the country's future development.

February 18, 2010 5:45pm to 7:30pm

China's spectacular economic growth over the past two decades has dramatically depleted the country's natural resources and produced skyrocketing rates of pollution. Environmental degradation in China has also contributed to significant public health problems, mass migration, economic loss, and social unrest. In The River Runs Black, Elizabeth Economy examines China’s growing environmental crisis and its implications for the country’s future development.

Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director, Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, is the author of The River Runs Black and co-editor of China Joins the World: Progress and Prospects and The Internationalization of Environmental Protection. She has published articles and opinion pieces in Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the International Herald Tribune, among others. She consults regularly for the US government on issues related to China and the environment and is a frequent TV and radio commentator on US-China relations.

To register, please call USF Center for the Pacific Rim at 415-422-6357.