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China, Biodiversity, and the Global Environment

March 23, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Free

Peter Raven, PhD, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden
 China boasts not only the largest percentage of the world’s population (19%) but also one of the Earth’s richest, most diverse floras. Yet its economic rise as an industrial nation and its population density, with the associated environmental degradation, put this biodiversity at risk. Add in climate change and it is a recipe for disaster. Professor Peter Raven, a leading botanist, advocate for the conservation of biodiversity, and one of the co-editors of The Flora of China, a joint Chinese-American census of all the plants of China, is uniquely qualified to assess the consequences of over-population, industrial pollution, economic inequalities, and natural resource exploitation in China—consequences not limited to that country but affecting the entire global environment. In this talk, he will consider what it means for humanity to lose thousands of species to extinction, many before they are known or described by scientists. He’ll present his thoughts on reversing environmental degradation in China and around the globe and what is required to move all people toward an ethic of conservation and securing sustainability.

Details

Date:
March 23, 2015
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Cost:
Free
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Website:
https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=1390&DayPlannerDate=3/23/2015

Venue

Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building
125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Phone:
617-524-7070

Organizer

Arnold Arboretum
Phone:
617-384-5209
Email:
arbweb@arnarb.harvard.edu
Website:
http://arboretum.harvard.edu

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