In the coming decades environmental issues will play an increasing role in China's economic development drive, internal politics, legal development, international relations, and regional development issues. While several books have appeared in the 1990s which describe tangible aspects of China's environmental degradation, this book concentrates its attention on management of China's environment within various contexts and represents the state of thinking on the subject by some of the world's key social scientists in this field. It contains an international perspective of environmental problems in China often lacking in books about the Chinese environment. Chapters discuss environmental degradation in Chinese history, organisation of China's environmental protection network, the legal framework for environmental protection, agricultural land issues, water issues, biodiversity, energy, pollution, public health, and business opportunities for foreign firms. While this book shows that there is lots of room for optimism, it also indicates that many environmental problems remain intractable and some are worsening.
`an insight into the environmental challenges facing China in the first decade of the twenty-first century. This publication provides a brief, authoritative and readable progress report which is essential reading for those involved in China's natural resources sector.'
Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy Internet Journal
Richard Louis Edmonds: Introduction
Mark Elvin: The Environmental Legacy of Imperial China
Abigail R. Jahiel: The Organization of Environmental Protection in China
Michael Palmer: Environmental Regulation in the People's Republic of China: The Face of Domestic Law
Lester Ross: China: Environmental Protection, Domestic Policy Trends, Patterns of Participation in Regimes and Compliance with International Norms
Robert F. Ash and Richard Louis Edmonds: China's Land Resources, Environment, and Agricultural Production
James E. Nickum: Is China Living on the Water Margin?
Liu Changming: Environmental Issues and the SouthNorth Water Transfer Scheme
James Harkness: Recent Trends in Forestry and Conservation of Biodiversity in China
Vaclav Smil: China's Energy and Resource Uses: Continuity and Change
Eduard B. Vermeer: Industrial Pollution in China and Remedial Policies
Judith Banister: Population, Public Health, and the Environment in China
Bruce Tremayne and Penny de Waal: Business Opportunities for Foreign Firms related to China's Environment