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China's Environmental Crisis : Domestic and Global Political Impacts and Responses - Joel Jay Kassiola

China's Environmental Crisis

Domestic and Global Political Impacts and Responses

By: Joel Jay Kassiola (Editor), Sujian Guo (Editor)

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Published: 26th November 2010
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This wide-ranging and path-breaking collection of essays on China's environmental crisis takes a new approach, transcending the typical "gloom and doom" media and scholarly report on China's environmental crisis, to address how the Chinese political and social systems were impacted and how they responded, or should respond, to the ecological challenges confronting China. Therefore, this collection provides innovative analyses about the impacts and responses--both domestically and globally--of China's political and social systems encompassing its social values, ameliorative, and preventative policies. It leaves us with such an important question to ponder: What social action will be needed in the near- and long-term future in order to avoid environmental disaster as well as to achieve environmental sustainability and social justice for the long term in China?

"The authors cover a wide span of issues ranging from the analysis of current ecological conditions (such as desertification, biodiversity, and food security, all closely interlinked to global climate change) to the role of environmental NGOs and social change caused by environmental issues and governance. Going beyond a pure scientific description of environmental issues, the book provides valuable insights in their possible reasons and ways out and shows the interdependencies of economic growth, environmental degradation, and their repercussions on the Chinese society. Economic welfare - Environmental Kuznets Curve-like - provides for an increase of environmental consciousness in the Chinese society which, for example, is reflected in an increasing number of environmental NGOs with growing influence dealing with issues such as local pollution, safety standards, biodiversity, desertification, and other issues. Broad environmental goals such as a green Chinese society and environmental sustainability (or the Chinese equivalent: a harmonious society) are getting higher on the political agenda on the central level and even locally. On the side, China on an international climate negotiation level is willing to take greater responsibilities. Confucian values or a Chinese way might be the only way out for China to cope with the local, regional, and even global environmental issues in an appropriate way which also can be understood by the Chinese society. In this book many deep thoughts on many urgent questions can be found. Containing important insights into China s most challenging environmental issues, this book is a must for environmental policy analysts." - Andreas Oberheitmann, International Director, Research Center for International Environmental Policy, Tsinghua University

Contributorsp. vii
Introduction: China's Environmental Crisis-A Global Crisis with Chinese Characteristics: From Confucius to Cell Phonesp. 1
Current Ecological Conditions and Public Policies in China: Desertification, Biodiversity, Climate Change, and Food Securityp. 11
Desertification in China: Problems with Policies and Perceptionsp. 13
Network Public Management and the Challenge of Biodiversity Management in Chinap. 41
Changing Climate? China's New Interest in Global Climate Change Negotiationsp. 61
Environmental Degradation and Food Security Policies in Chinap. 85
The Formation and Policy Influences of ENGOs (Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations) in Chinap. 121
State and Society in China's Environmental Politicsp. 123
Responding to Climate Disaster: The Cosmopolitan Challenge to Chinap. 153
Environmentally Caused Social Change in China: New Media Technologies and Traditional Confucian Values Updatedp. 177
Digital Power: Public Participation in an Environmental Controversyp. 179
Confucianizing Modernity and "Modernizing" Confucianism: Environmentalism and The Need for a Confucian Positive Argument for Social Changep. 195
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780230106642
ISBN-10: 0230106641
Series: Environmental Politics and Theory
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 227
Published: 26th November 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1