West of Scotland and China: Seeking a solution for China’s polluted lands

West of Scotland and China Event – UWS
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University of the West of Scotland

Wednesday 24 February 2016, 5.30-7.30pm,
Coats Building, UWS Paisley Campus

We are delighted to invite you to our next public event highlighting the links and growth opportunities between the west of Scotland and China.

In 2014 a report by the Chinese Environmental Protection Ministry revealed that over 16% of China’s soil and over 19% of its arable land was contaminated by metallic elements. The cause has been attributed to rapid economic development under poor environmental management. Treating severe contamination problems has now become one of China’s most pressing environmental issues. Many of the environmental problems being encountered in China mirror Western historical experience. The knowledge and experience of the environmental sector in the UK offers an opportunity to collaborate in order to address the challenges faced from polluted agricultural lands, low quality urban systems and degraded groundwater from past development activity in China. This presentation will explore these challenges, highlighting opportunities to bring partnership working forward and additional pressures from future industrial and economic development in China.

Refreshments will be served at the event. Please reserve your free place(s) by contacting uwsevents or call 0141 848 3598 by Friday 19th February.

Andrew Hursthouse - UWS

Professor Andrew Hursthouse is Professor of Environmental Geochemistry and Assistant Dean (Research and Enterprise) in UWS’s School of Science and Sport. Professor Hursthouse has over 25 years’ experience in the investigation and assessment of environmental contamination of air, water and soil. His research has developed new measurement methods and treatment approaches for contaminated soil and wastes and has been supported by funding from UK and EU research agencies, local and national government and a range of industrial sources. In 2014 and 2015 he was appointed to High End Expert visiting Fellowships at the Hunan University of Science & Technology, Xiangtan, Hunan PRC, sponsored by Hunan Regional Government and the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs where he has initiated educational and research development collaborations focused on environmental protection and remediation.

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