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Annual Review of Chinese Environmental Law Developments: 2006

Editor's Summary: The 2006 passage of the Eleventh Five-Year Plan may mark a turning point for sustainable development in China. In 2006, China began to take a comprehensive approach to natural resources conservation and environmental...

Helping the Dragon Leapfrog: A Survey of Chinese Energy Policy and U.S. Energy Diplomacy at the Crossroads

Editors' Summary: As the economies of developing countries grow, so too do their energy needs. And in an increasingly interconnected world, these changes have repercussions for the rest of the world, both economically and...

Environmental Governance: Issues and Challenges

Editors' Summary: Deciding when and how to regulate behavior is an important first step toward protecting our environment. Below, Wanxin Li addresses the concept of environmental governance in hopes of improving our understanding about...

Translating Regulatory Promise Into Environmental Progress: Institutional Capacity and Environmental Regulation in China

Editor's Summary: A growing body of research attributes China's environmental problems to weak regulatory enforcement. Few studies, however, have explored the relationship between institutional capacity and regulatory enforcement. In...

Comparative Analysis of Air Pollution Trading in the United States and China

Editors' Summary: As in the United States, acid rain is becoming quite problematic for the People's Republic of China. Unlike the United States, however, China does not have a comprehensive trading program for controlling sulfur dioxide...

The Hidden Cost of Prosperity: Transboundary Mercury Pollution, the United States, and China

Editor's Summary: The largest portion of global mercury emissions comes from Asia, in particular China. Because mercury and its compounds are highly mobile and move with prevailing wind currents, China's failure to regulate mercury...

Reinterpreting Confucianism for Environmental Protection in China

I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there.

—Confucius1

The relationship between a group of people and the...

Taming the Dragon Heads: Controlling Air Emissions From Power Plants in China--An Analysis of China's Air Pollution Policy and Regulatory Framework

Coal combustion is the leading source of industrial air pollution in China today, contributing up to 87% of total sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions and 75% of carbon dioxide (CO2)...

The Environmental Regulatory Regime of the People's Republic of China: A Primer Addressing Practical Concerns of Foreign Investors

Editors' Summary: At the heart of China's economic development boom lies the investment of an increasing number of foreign companies. China's transition to a more market-based economy, however, has brought about swift regulatory...

Inspection and Enforcement in Chinese Carbon Emissions Trading: Progress, Problems, and Prospect

China is establishing a carbon emissions trading scheme and has initiated a number of pilot projects with robust measurement, reporting, and verification systems and rigorous sanctions for noncompliance. Although the project designs...