China’s Dilemma- Economic Growth, the Environment and Climate Change

Sunday, November 2, 2008 12:11
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Recently, while looking for reports on the sustainability of China’s development, I came across what is perhaps the best series to date.

Publicly available (free), China’s Dilemma- Economic Growth, the Environment and Climate Change, is one of those resources that everyone having anything to do with China should review in whole or part.

An assembly of 38 authors who have contributed to 19 chapters,  China’s Dilemma:

examines the challenges China will have to confront in order to maintain rapid growth while coping with the global financial turbulence, some rising socially destabilising tensions such as income inequality, an over-exploited environment and the long-term pressures of global warming.

Over the course of the last few days, I have been able to read through 5 chapters that looked most interesting to me, and I would suggest each of you to review the chapters below and spend some time with those are important to you.  The writing itself is quite good, easy to understand, some very interesting tables, and overall the conclusions found will enlighten readers.

Chapter 1: China’s dilemmas in the 21st Century
Chapter 2: Will China fall into stagflation?
Chapter 3: American and European financial shocks: implications for Chinese economic performance
Chapter 4: Global production sharing and US-China trade relations
Chapter 5: Rebalancing equity and efficiency for sustained growth
Chapter 6: Rural—urban migrants: a driving force for growth
Chapter 7: Rethinking thirty years of reform in China: implications for economic performance
Chapter 8: China’s rapid emissions growth and global climate change policy
Chapter 9: China can grow and still help prevent the tragedy of the CO2 commons
Chapter 10: The political economy of emissions reduction in China: are incentives for low carbon growth compatible?
Chapter 11:The environmental consequences of foreign direct investment in China
Chapter 12: The impact of global warming on Chinese wheat productivity
Chapter 13: Understanding the water crisis in northern China: how do farmers and the government respond?
Chapter 14: The impact of air pollution on mortality in Shanghai
Chapter 15: Energy and environment in China
Chapter 16: Chinese urban household energy requirements and CO2 emissions
Chapter 17: Can China’s coal industry be reconciled with the environment?
Chapter 18: Emissions and economic development: must China choose? 

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