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China’s Balancing Act: Economic Growth, Climate Change and the Environment

China’s contribution to global climate change increasingly draws the attention of scientists and policy-makers around the globe. But the rising social and economic costs of desertification and severe water shortages in China have brought the issue of climate change to the fore in Chinese domestic policy circles as well. What effect has climate change already had in China? What steps can China take to minimize its environmental footprint, without hindering its exponential economic growth?

On September 18, experts from the Brookings Institution, the Earth Institute of Columbia University and the Academy of Macroeconomic Research under the National Development and Reform Commission of China discussed China’s economic outlook within the context of climate change, the potential for alternative energy use in China and the specifics of China’s greenhouse gas emissions challenges and water crisis.



Lael Brainard

Member - Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Panel One: China’s Energy and Economic Outlook


WANG Yiming

Executive Vice President, Academy of Macroeconomic Research


GAO Shixian

Chief of Division of Energy Economics, Energy Research Institute

Panel One Moderator

Lael Brainard

Member - Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Panel Two: Earth, Wind and Fire: China Tackles Climate Change


Ximing CAI

Professor, University of Illinois, Columbia Water Center


LI Yuanyuan

President, China Academy of Water Resource Planning & Design


XU Huaqing

Chief of Division of Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Energy Research Institute

Panel Two Moderator

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