Roosevelt Institute | Cornell University

China's Environmental Crisis: A Non-Traditional Security Threat to the World

By Christina Yin Published October 2, 2016

China has experienced rapid rates of modernization over the past several decades. However, along with a booming economy comes the increasing growth of greenhouse gas emissions, representing one of the greatest challenges facing the nation today. Within the last few decades, China's current environmental crisis poses a massive non-traditional security threat: domestic and international fallout from the political, economic, and social consequences of the country's extensive environmental degradation propels environmental cleanup and sustainability to be China's most pressing concern of this era.


Towards a Sustainable Food System: Principles of Traditional Agriculture as New Values for Commercial Agriculture

By Christina Yin Published March 23, 2016

Agriculture has long been an important means by which human populations have survived and grown. Traditional methods of agriculture have persisted for centuries and can be found in different regions of the world, from rice terraces in Asia to chinampas in Mexico to biochar in the Amazon. The people of these various regions have different specific practices, but underlying principles common to all traditional agricultural methods have made these methods much more environmentally sustainable than those of the modern day. By understanding the value of these principles and incorporating them into modern agricultural practices, perhaps we can make great leaps in ensuring the sustainability of our modern agricultural food industry.


Resource Extraction, Sell-Outs, and Unsustainability: Chinese-Ecuadorian Relations in the Face of Development

By Christina Yin Published November 9, 2015

"Nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles." With this clause in its 2008 constitution, Ecuador became the first country to establish fundamental rights of Nature under the law.