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Environmental Policies Concerning Climate Change in China: A Contemporary and Holistic View

December 2013

Citation: ELR 11086

Author: Ying Shen

China is now experiencing economic, social, and environmental challenges simultaneously on a massive scale. In response to the dilemma between rapid economic growth and severe environmental deterioration, China’s policymakers are considering introducing the dynamism of sustainable development into the practice of designing and implementing policies consolidated by sustainable development so as to overcome the shortcomings of traditional policies. This consideration has been crystallized in China’s new policies since 1994, in which China’s policymakers have increasingly attempted to consider the “triple bottom line” of economic feasibility, environmental capacity, and social equity simultaneously, rather than designing and implementing policy objectives in economic, social, and environmental spheres separately.

Ying Shen holds an LL.B. degree from Nanjing University, China, and LL.M. degrees from the University of Goettingen, Germany, and Nanjing University, China, and is currently an associate of the Sustainability/Environment Research Cluster of the University of Western Sydney School of Law, Australia, where she is completing a Ph.D. thesis.

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