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Yale Environmental Journal Translated Into Chinese


NEW HAVEN, CT, September 28, 2004 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
As China's role in the global environment grows, so too does the importance of high-quality scientific research and communication. As the sixth largest economy and most populous country in the world, China's development plays a crucial role in the future of the global environment.

To help foster increased international dialogue, the Journal of Industrial Ecology has translated summaries (abstracts) of all of its articles into Chinese. These translations are available at the Journal's website .

The Journal of Industrial Ecology is the premier journal in the rapidly growing field of industrial ecology, which systematically examines local, regional, and global uses and flows of materials and energy in products, processes, industrial sectors, and economies. Industrial ecology focuses on the potential role of industry in reducing environmental burdens throughout the product life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials, to the production of goods, to the use of those goods, and to the management of the resulting wastes.

Owned by Yale University, published by The MIT Press and headquartered at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the Journal is a highly-regarded peer-reviewed quarterly, which has been praised for both its readability and timely relevance to key environmental issues. It is the official journal of the International Society for Industrial Ecology.

Funds for this endeavor were provided by the Henry Luce Foundation as part of a larger project, Collaborative Industrial Ecology in Asia, which aims to increase educational and scientific exchange in industrial ecology between Asia, especially China, and Yale University. The project, now drawing to a conclusion, has supported scientific exchange, student scholarships, and the translation of books and article summaries into Chinese, as well as library subscriptions to the Journal for Asian universities and institutions.

"This project is especially timely because the Chinese government has announced the 'circular economy' (xun huan jing ji) as a centerpiece of Chinese environmental policy," says Reid Lifset, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Industrial Ecology. "The circular economy and industrial ecology--chan ye (for industrial), sheng tai xue (for ecology)--strongly overlap. Both emphasize loop closing--recycling in the broadest sense--as a means of moving toward an environmentally sustainable economy."

Gus Speth, dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, said, "China's economy is growing by leaps and bounds; its environmental performance and role in the world is a central issue in sustainable development. Translating the abstracts of articles in the Journal of Industrial Ecology is one of the best things we can do--bring a forward-looking, preventive environmental framework to the attention of the Chinese and engage them as partners in the development of this new field."

Reid Lifset
Journal of Industrial Ecology
203-432-6949 (tel)

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