China is an integral actor in any movement that will stabilize the global climate at conditions suited to sustainable development for its own population and for people living around the world. Assessments of China's climatic-system consequences, impact, and responsibilities need to take into account the strengths, weaknesses, and potential of subnational governments, non-governmental organizations, transnational non-state connections, and the urban populace in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. A multitude of recent local initiatives that have engaged subnational China in actions that mitigate emissions can be enhanced by powerful framings that appeal to citizen concerns about air pollution and health conditions.
China Confronts Climate Change offers the first fully comprehensive account of China's response to climate change, based on engagement with the global climate governance literature and current debates over responsibility along with specific insights into the Chinese context. Responsible implementation of any overarching climate agreement depends on expanding China's subnational contributions. To remain fully informed about GHG-emissions mitigation, China watchers and climate-change monitors need to pay close attention to bottom-up developments.
The book provides a valuable contemporary resource for students, scholars, and policy leaders at all levels of governance who are concerned with climate change, environmental politics, and sustainable urban development.
Peter H. Koehn is Professor of Political Science at the University of Montana, USA. He is a Fulbright New Century Scholar, and the recipient of APLU's 2011 Michael P. Malone Award for International Leadership and the 2012 George M. Dennison Presidential Faculty Award for Distinguished Accomplishment. He has taught and conducted research in Shanghai and Hong Kong, SAR.
Introduction and Overview 1. China's Position in Climate Futures: Contributions, Consequences, and Responsibilities 2. Framework for Analysis of Contemporary Climate-change Governance 3. China's National Climate Change Context: Top-Down Governance, Policies, and Constraints 4. Bottom-up Opportunities, Initiatives, and Constraints 5. Subnational Framing of Climate-stabilization Initiatives 6. Current Collaborations and Promising Opportunities: Internal and Transnational 7. The Local Power of Diaspora Connections 8. Conclusion: Bottoms UP?