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Rupert Wingfield-Hayes discusses how rapid economic development in the People's Republic has profoundly changed Chinese society, and concomitantly, brought greater prosperity to the economies of the industrialized West. However, China's remarkable prosperity has not come without a tremendous price. China's environment and healthcare system are profoundly challenged. Rampant corruption among Chinese Communist Party leaders has led to theft of public assets, in particular, of land for development projects, resulting in increases in mass protests as Chinese band together to protect themselves against the transgressions of the state. While China's future is uncertain, the emerging middle class is likely to be the dominant force in determining the course of China in the 21st Century.

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Wingfield-Hayes, Rupert

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Gelbspan discusses the political battle over global warming through the lens of journalism.

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Gelbspan, Ross

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Jason Scorse discusses the theoretical underpinnings of economic thought that support very strong government intervention in the environmental realm, as well as the politics and messaging that the environmental community needs to win the major battles ahead.

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Jason Scorse
Associate Professor and Program Chair, International Environmental Policy

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Professor Scorse received his PhD in agricultural and resource economics from UC-Berkeley in 2005. He is currently associate professor and chair of the International Environmental Policy Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Dr. Scorse has consulted for numerous environmental organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club, and he is currently the lead non-market economist for the National Ocean Economics Program. Professor Scorse is also the director of the new Center for the Blue Economy, whose goal is to educate the next generation of leaders by making the Monterey Bay Region the premier location for graduate education and research in international marine policy.

Dr. Scorse has published articles in American Economic Review, California Management Review, and for books published by the Brookings Institution and Routledge Press. His book What Environmentalists Need to Know about Economics was released in 2010. Professor Scorse also sits on the board of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Research Activities Panel and the Otter Project. In addition to his scholarly work and consulting, he is a guest contributor for Grist, Environmental Economics, and Progressive Fix.

His lecture is sponsored by the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, Program in Environmental Studies, Department of Economics, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, and the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

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