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The next China Media Centre seminar will take place on Wednesday, 23 March, 2011 between 2-4pm in room E4.4 at the Harrow campus. Sam Geall, a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester, will be talking about his latest research into environmental journalism in China. The seminar will comprise an introductory lecture, followed by an open discussion. All are welcome.

Climate-change reporting in China has increased significantly in quantity, originality and detail over the past few years, but to what extent do obstacles still exist to the publication of high-quality information about the topic? Does the Chinese media confuse or enlighten the public about the science of climate change? What are the limits on access to information for Chinese journalists reporting low-carbon issues? How do stories about climate change in China differ from reports about other environmental issues? The presentation will explore these questions and will conclude by asking what opportunities exist for international cooperation in this field.

Beyond academia, Sam writes about Chinese affairs for a variety of international publications. His articles have been published in Foreign Policy, New Internationalist, Far Eastern Economic Review, New Humanist, Ecologist, China Rights Forum, Green Futures and openDemocracy. He is the deputy editor of the bilingual Chinese environmental website, chinadialogue.net.