2016

Occupational hazard in Chinese workers and their families: Environmental epigenetics of chronic metal exposure

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Occupational Hazard in Chinese Workers and Their Families: Environmental Epigenetics of Chronic Metal Exposure

Understanding epigenetic responses to toxicant exposure will help trace human disease triggers to environmental conditions that can be readily addressed and mitigated.

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Exposure to environmental toxicants and heavy metals is a global health problem. It is especially urgent in China, where individuals working in electroplating plants display blood...

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Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences Initiative

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Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences Initiative

The environmental humanities and social sciences promote the cultural transformations necessary—locally, nationally, regionally, and globally—to reduce ecological devastation and prepare for an increasingly uncertain future.

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This initiative aims to understand how humanistic interpretations of climate change have altered, or how they might further alter,...

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Adequate Housing and the Welfare State: Comparing Struggles in Urban China and India

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Adequate Housing and the Welfare State:
Comparing Struggles in Urban China and India

This project examines the government response to urban housing needs in China and India, the world’s largest authoritarian and democratic countries, respectively, experiencing urbanization and rural-to-urban migration.

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Access to adequate housing in urban areas is a pressing global issue. The challenge is especially daunting for China and India, given their huge...

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Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: International Cooperation in East Asia

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Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions:
International Cooperation in East Asia

Climate change is a global commons problem, and therefore international cooperation is required to adequately address it. This project advances understanding of how the nations in one part of the world—including China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases—might successfully pursue such cooperation. The lessons learned may advance cooperation more broadly around the world.

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China’s Health Weather: Understanding and predicting connections amongst climate, extreme weather, air quality and health consequences; and enhancing China’s climate science and public health human capital 

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China’s Health Weather:
Understanding and Predicting Connections Between Climate, Extreme Weather, Air Quality, and Health

Developing a causal understanding of how climate change dynamically influences weather and human health is a grand challenge that is urgently connected to China.

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This project seeks to understand and predict how climate affects “health weather” in China. Exploration of acute health weather events will be pursued through...

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Developing an innovative and efficient performance indicator for biodiversity protection in Chinese Nature Reserves

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Developing an Innovative and Efficient Performance Indicator for Biodiversity Protection in Chinese Nature Reserves

Nature reserves are the world’s most important institution for conserving biodiversity. However, we know little about whether these reserves are truly effective at protecting the species that live within them. This project uses genomics tools to improve our ability to measure nature reserve effectiveness.

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Nature reserves are the world’s most...

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