China’s GHG Mitigation: The Role of Local Governments

Written by Iselin Stensdal. As a consequence of the unparalleled economic growth in the 1990s and 2000s, China’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions also grew quickly. By 2007, China was the largest GHG emitting country. 2007 was also the year that climate change became a prioritized issue in national politics with the publication of China’s National …

Citizens and Pollution in China: Between Citizen-science, Rational Resistance and “Resigned Activism”

Written by Anna Lora-Wainwright. China’s pollution—whether it is Beijing’s airpocalypse, “cancer villages”, controversial PX plants, recent explosions in Tianjin or a plethora of other accidents and routine contamination—rarely avoids public scrutiny. The Environmental Justice Atlas, with which I am involved in covering Chinese cases, has made considerable headway in mapping instances of environmental injustice globally. …

Climate Change Activism “With Chinese Characteristics”: The Role of Domestic and Foreign NGOs

Written by Angela Moriggi. China has recently announced the passing of the long-awaited new Overseas NGO Management Law that will impose police supervision over the work of foreign NGOs operating in the country. The news has sparked a lively international debate, as commentators attempt to envision its effects on the activities of thousands of civil …

China’s Evolving Energy Security and Climate Change Debate

Written by Jonna Nyman. China faces a daunting double challenge: satisfying its growing need for energy while at the same time dealing with the ongoing challenges of climate change. These are not only big challenges in their own right – the solutions to them have also often been in conflict. Economic growth fuelled concerns over …

The Geopolitics of Desertification in China

Written by Marijn Nieuwenhuis. The Transformation of China’s Territory China’s territory is in the process of historical change. And by that I mean to say that its material foundation, the very stuff of territory, is in the process of a literal transformation. I am referring to the creeping desertification that swallows every year thousands of square …

Company transparency could help overcome resistance to environmental action in China

Written by Alice de Jonge. China’s existing level of environmental damage is imposing a huge economic burden on its chances for growth. It’s the need for transparency and accountability in tackling these environmental problems, not the technical aspects of new green technology, or new financial instruments, that will determine its economic future. If the Australian …

What Africa can learn from China about climate change adaptation

Written by Anthony Mills. China is facing numerous threats from climate change. These include: increased mean annual temperature, increased frequency and severity of dust storms, decreased rainfall in some coastal areas, increased severity of snow storms and a risk of glacier lake overflow. These climate-related threats are exacerbated by China’s rapid economic development and growing …

Why China and the US have found common purpose on climate change

Written by Jackson Ewing. Over the past year, the United States and China forged a climate change partnership that would have been almost unthinkable not long ago. Not only have both countries committed to emissions reduction and sustainable energy goals of substantial ambition, they are pursuing those goals in concert. This bilateral climate cooperation has …

Xi has created a Chinese Bloc that the UN climate talks in Paris cannot ignore

Written by Tom Harper. Chinese president Xi Jinping addressed the opening day of the Paris climate talks as leader of a nation more confident and assertive than it has been at any point since Mao declared it had “stood up” after a century of rebellion and invasion. The changing status is reflected in the hopes …

Why US and Chinese cities will make or break any global climate deal

Written by Michael Shank. Cities are acting ambitiously on climate change and that has big implications for the rest of the planet. Urban officials last week attended the US-China Climate Leaders summit and announced a raft of carbon emissions targets, clean energy partnerships, and initiatives around transpacific climate diplomacy. Organized by the White House, the US Department …