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My Appearance at Cities for Tomorrow New York Times

On April 22 I was on a panel talking about China's "ecocities" and China's urban development in general, for the New York Times "Cities for Tomorrow" conference.  This discussion was moderated by New York Times DotEarth blogger and journalist Andrew Revkin, and included myself along with: Professor Karen Seto of Yale; Yu Gao, China director of Landesa Rural Development Institute in Beijing; Carolyn Kissane, academic director of NYU's School of Global Affairs.

We touched on some of the biggest issues facing China's urbanization push: the enormous strain on the environment, land rights, implications for energy use and China's energy imports, and discussed China's failures as well as success in building so-called "ecocities".

Here is the video of the panel on China's eco-cities in its entirety:


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Here is a writeup on the panel on the New York Times website (click on picture for link to article):

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