On January 12th, FACES hosted a joint Stanford-Peking University Telesummit on Pressing Environmental and Energy Challenges: A Joint U.S.-China Dialogue, at the Highly Immersive Classroom at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Stanford Center at Peking University. The two speakers at Stanford were Professor Mark Jacobson and Professor Jeffrey Ball. The professors representing Peking University were Zheng Mei and Chen Qi.
Professor Jacobson has devoted his career on better understanding air pollution and global warming problems and developing large-scale clean, renewable solutions to them. Jeffrey Ball, a scholar-in-residence at Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy, offered a different perspective as a writer, whose work focuses on energy and the environment. Peking University professor Zheng Mei works in the Aerosol Sources and Health Effects Laboratory, where she studies the sources of PM 2.5 and the health effects of fine particulate in the air pollution. Chen Qi spoke from her knowledge of air quality in developing countries and the health effects of air pollution.
The professors’ discussion included topics such as national government versus state government versus industry funding for researching clean energy alternatives, America and China’s approach to energy and pollution challenges. The overarching question that the four speakers grappled with involved how China and the U.S. can work together to promote clean and efficient energy alternatives. As global leaders, what responsibility do the two countries have in setting an example for the rest of the world?