China’s rapid rise to an economic superpower has greatly increased its global environmental footprint. Yet the country’s elevated economic and political status has also given it considerable leverage in shaping global environmental protection efforts. The nonprofit organization Chinadialogue monitors the country’s environmental challenges and has experts from inside and outside China weigh in on ways to mitigate them. This report – published ahead of the 2018 Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland – discusses the extent to which China is following up its pro-climate political rhetoric with concrete actions and how China is addressing other environmental issues of global importance.
In this summary, you will learn
- How Chinese policies reflect the country’s stated commitment to curb greenhouse gas emissions and
- What other environmental challenges of global significance China is tackling.
About the Authors
The authors write or edit for Chinadialogue, a nonprofit organization – founded by Isabel Hilton – that provides independent reports about China’s impact on the environment.