China environmental experts Jennifer Turner and Thomas Hennig will lead a forum, “China’s Challenges at the Water-Energy Nexus,” as a part of the Tanaka Asian Studies Lecture Series. The conversation will take place on Monday, April 4, at 6 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
Turner will discuss “China’s Water Tripping Point,” exploring the environmental challenges the country faces such as the overtapping and unchecked pollution of rivers, lakes and groundwater. She will discuss potential solutions to these challenges. Turner is the director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. She also serves as editor of the Wilson Center’s China journal, the China Environment Series.
Hennig will examine “China’s Rapid Hydropower Development” and the implications of the 20,000 dams that continue to grow in numbers in China. Hennig serves as an assistant professor of geography at Philipps-Universität Marburg in Germany. He is an expert on Chinese hydropower in the remote regions of Yunnan Province.
The Tanaka Asian Studies Lecture Series is funded by the Tanaka Memorial Foundation. Since 1992, the Foundation has been a major contributor to the education and intellectual growth of both faculty and students on the HWS campus.
The event is being coordinated by Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee, who joined the HWS faculty in 2008. He serves as a fellow of the prestigious Rocky Mountain Institute, which seeks to develop the plan for China’s energy future. He has authored a number of articles on China’s water and energy and has presented his work at conferences and institutes throughout the world, including Oxford University, the University of Colorado and the National Youth Science Foundation.