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Teaching Module: The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China’s Future

Author: Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies
April 2004

Selected by The Globalist as one of the top ten books of 2004, The River Runs Black is the most comprehensive and balanced volume to date on China’s growing environmental crisis and its implications for the country’s development. Based on historical research, case studies, and interviews with officials, scholars, and activists in China, this book provides insightful analysis of the economic and political roots of China’s environmental challenge as well as the evolution of the leadership’s response.

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