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 …

Confucianism and Contemporary Environmental Politics

Written by Joel J. Kassiola. In the past ten years I have been studying China’s environmental crisis and how it might inform societal transformation to achieve an environmentally sustainable and just society. My overall point in these reflections is that China’s rich intellectual tradition of Confucian thought can provide a vital resource in an all-important transformational …

The Future of Green Construction in China

Written by Sha Yu. China, as the world’s largest carbon emitter and energy consumer, also has the world’s largest construction market. In the past five years, China has added around 3 billion square metres of building floorspace annually (China Statistical Yearbook 2014, Table 10-7). The building floorspace in China today exceeds that of the United …

China’s five year economic plan is rich with symbolism

Written by Alice de Jonge China’s latest five-year plan, the details of which were endorsed at last week’s fifth plenum, aims to double the nation’s GDP and per capita income by 2020 (from 2010 numbers). The 2020 deadline is important because it is the final year of the 13th five-year plan, the first plan led …

One More Challenge for China: The Growing Burden of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs).

Written by Tsung-Mei Cheng. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have become a major component of China’s disease burden in recent years. As of 2012 NCDs accounted for 70% of the total disease burden and 70% of total national health expenditure in China. The problem poses a major challenge not only to China’s health care system, but also …

Clearing the Air: China’s Air Pollution Policy

Written by David G. Streets. At the beginning of 2015, China formally introduced an updated Environmental Protection Law, designed to strengthen the protection of the environment and to raise its standing relative to other economic and social priorities. This action came none too soon, for in 2013 and 2014 many parts of China were enveloped …