China & India – A Climate of Change

March 24th, 2009


If China continues to build coal-fired power plants at its current rate, the world will become even warmer than the upper range of scientists’ worst case scenarios.

Joining host Daphne Wysham in our studios to discuss China’s climate change policies are Jennifer Turner, the director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center and Elliot Diringer, the vice president for international strategies at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. On the telephone from Beijing is Deborah Seligsohn, a senior fellow and principal adviser at the China Climate, Energy and Pollution Program for the World Resources Institute, and joining us from Shanghai is Charles McElwee, an international energy and environment lawyer for the Shanghai office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey and a professor of law at Shanghai University’s School of Law.

Then, we discuss the challenges facing the world’s second largest most populous country – India. We rebroadcast an interview with Smitu Kothari, the environmental activist, intellectual, and writer who championed the rights of the poorest peoples of India. Smitu passed away at the age of 59 on March 23rd, 2009.


Music for this edition of Earthbeat is by Sanjay Mishra, the album Chateau Benares.

Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

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