Drawing on practices and theories of sustainability, Environmental policy and sustainable development in China explores the prospects for achieving environmentally benign economic and social development in China and beyond. Using the Chinese 'world city' of Hong Kong as a backdrop and case study, it introduces major conceptions of sustainability, describes historical and political contexts for environmental policymaking, and analyses key challenges related to sustainable development, including air pollution, water quality, waste, transport and climate change. The book will be a valuable and unique resource for students, teachers and readers interested in environmental policy, sustainable development and ecological governance, especially in China and Hong Kong.
All of the author's royalties from sales of this book will be donated by Policy Press to Friends of the Earth (Hong Kong) and WWF (Hong Kong).
Paul G. Harris is Chair Professor of Global and Environmental Studies at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He is author or editor of 15 books on global environmental politics, policy and ethics, including China's Responsibility for Climate Change (Policy Press).
Introduction; Part One: Conceptions of sustainable development: Conceptualising sustainable development; Origins and critiques of sustainable development; Implementing sustainable development; Part Two: Contexts for sustainable development in China's world city: Geography and population; History and development; Government institutions and policy priorities; Consumption and a city's environmental footprint; Part Three: Challenges of sustainable development: Air; Water; Energy and climate change; Transportation; Environmental spaces; Conclusion.