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SFI Lunch Seminar: A Fork in the (Belt and) Road - How Chinese Infrastructure Spending is Shaping the Global Climate

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January 9, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Y2E2 382

Open to all students of the Stanford community. RSVP requested but not required to attend.

Event Sponsor: 
Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI)
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Are you interested in learning about innovative policy and financial mechanisms designed to rapidly decarbonize the global economy? Drop by SFI’s monthly lunch seminar to meet our faculty and fellows and learn more about our ongoing research projects.

Jeffrey BallScholar-in-Residence at Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance
 and Lecturer at Stanford Law School
, will discuss China's Belt and Road Initiative. For a generation, a rising China has shaped the global environment mostly through what it has done within its borders. Increasingly, though, China’s chief ecological impact will result from the sums the country is spending on power plants, roads, and other infrastructure projects in dozens of developing countries. China calls its unprecedentedly large foreign-investment program the Belt and Road Initiative. Whether it’s clean or dirty will shape the trajectory of global carbon emissions for decades to come. How green is China’s Belt and Road? A look at a Stanford research project exploring an earth-defining question.