[EN] CA – China: Taking Stock Before the Paris Climate Conference – Sept 2015
– CHINA: TAKING STOCK BEFORE THE PARIS CLIMATE CONFERENCE –
1. Anticipating COP 21: The US-China announcement on climate change
2. A review of recent developments in China’s climate and environmental policy (Pierre Nabé)
3. Enforcing environmental law: Civil society and the Chinese legal system
4. Environmental issues in China: the debate before the Tianjin accident
China has begun to take action to turn the tide against pollution and unconstrained carbon emissions. For the Chinese people, their polluted environment is of course an even more urgent issue than the longer-term problem of carbon emissions and climate change. Quite apart from international criticism, China’s leadership has been directly affected by the “airpocalypse” of 2013-2014 – which had an impact on the majority of China’s population – along with problems such as nickel and cadmium soil poisoning.
However, reversing or halting the trend of environmental degradation will require huge and systemic policy change – and, above all, a change in mindset. As China is a statedriven economy and society, government policy and local administrations are key to bringing about change. This task is made more difficult by conflicting pressures from vested interests and from civil society.
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