China's Dilemma: Economic Growth, the Environment, and Climate Change

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Ligang Song, Wing Thye Woo
Brookings Institution Press, Oct 1, 2009 - Political Science - 428 pages
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The economic growth of China is clearly one of the defining trends of our time. The world's most populous nation is undergoing a vast transformation that will redefine the global economy. Chinese industrial production has increased tremendously in recent years, and its consumption of resources has necessarily gone way up as well. These developments will have important impacts on economics, business, politics, and environmental conditions throughout the world.

In China's Dilemma: Economic Growth, the Environment, and Climate Change, an international group of authorities examines the present status and likely future of China's economic rise and its impact on the environment, with particular focus on the all-important topic of global climate change. The first section addresses directly China's recent growth. Specific topics addressed here include the effects on China of the global credit crunch, determinants of growth, and their prospects for the future. Part II addresses China's environmental and climate concerns, including the impact on human health, their role in domestic politics, the health effects of environmental damage, and China's post- Kyoto climate strategy. Part III looks at the impact, and likely trajectory, of energy consumption in China.

Contents

Part I. Economic Growth: Determinants and Prospects Includes introduction

Part II. Impact of Environment Degradation and Climate Change

Part III. Energy Use, the Environment, and Future Trends
 

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Contents

Chinas dilemmas in the 21st Century
1
Will China fall into stagflation?
13
American and European financial shocks
30
Global production sharing and USChina trade relations
59
Rebalancing equity and efficiency for sustained growth
90
Ruralurban migrants
110
Rethinking thirty years of reform in China
153
Chinas rapid emissions growth and global climate change policy
170
The impact of global warming on Chinese wheat productivity
265
Understanding the water crisis in northern China
276
The impact of air pollution on mortality in Shanghai
297
Energy and environment in China
310
Chinese urban household energy requirements and Carbon Dioxide emissions
334
Can Chinas coal industry be reconciled with the environment
367
Emissions and economic development
392
Index
415

China can grow and still help prevent the tragedy of the Carbon Dioxide commons
190
The political economy of emissions reduction in China
226
The environmental consequences of foreign direct investiment in China
243
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Ligang Song is associate professor at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at ANU, where he directs the China Economy and Business Program. Wing Thye Woo is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution, where he holds the New Century Chair in International Trade and Economics.

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