The China Environment Yearbook, Volume 3

Crises and Opportunities

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Editor: Dongping Yang
The China Environment Yearbook, produced by China's preeminent environmental organization Friends of Nature, has established itself as the standard source for on-the-ground civil society perspectives about environmental issues in China. The third English language volume in the series brings readers up to date on the main issues and events in 2007. These include national debates about water and air pollution, the Lake Tai algae crisis, the environmental protests in the city of Xiamen, challenges faced by those planning a “green” Olympics in Beijing for 2008, and the adverse impact of global climate change. The research and analysis contained in the volume depicts the broader patterns of an emerging environmental politics in China - a more assertive and restive citizenry in environmental affairs, the rise of interest groups, and international influences on domestic policy debates. The China Environment Yearbook, Volume 3 is an indispensable source for scholars and policy makers concerned about how China's environmental policies and practices will affect its own future and the future of the earth.

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Yang Dongping is co-founder and vice president of Friends of Nature and professor of education at the Beijing Institute of Technology.
Friends of Nature was the first environmental non-governmental organization in the People’s Republic of China, established in 1994 by Liang Congjie, Yang Dongping, Liang Xiaoyan and Wang Lixiong. The organization has more than 3000 active members and has been recipient fifteen prestigious national and international awards.
International Advisory Board:
Judith Shapiro is the Director of Global Environmental Politics programs at American University's School of International Service in Washington, DC. She has published extensively on modern and contemporary China, including Mao's War against Nature (Cambridge, 2001), an account of China's political campaigns to conquer the natural world.
Guobin Yang is Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College, Columbia University. He has published over twenty journal articles and book chapters on contemporary social issues in China, including environmental activism, voluntary associations, and the politics of the internet.
"...The research and analysis contained in this volume depicts the broader patterns of emerging environmental politics in China – a more assertive and restive citizenry in environmental affairs, the rise of interest groups, and international influences on domestic policy debates. This is an indispensable source for scholars and policymakers concerned about how China’s environmental policies and practices will affect its own future and the future of the earth."
Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment

"Each volume in the China Environment Yearbook series provides extensive data and many case studies to inform Western readers of China's environmental challenges and how they are being addressed. Like its predecessors, this volume's broad selection of topics and nontechnical approach will appeal to scholars, students, policy makers, and anyone else interested in China's environmental affairs."
Herman F. Huang, China Review International Vol. 16, No. 4, 2009
Introduction
Guobin Yang

VOLUME OVERVIEW
China’s Long Green March: Crises and Opportunities
Hu Kanping and Yang Dongping

PART ONE: WATER CRISIS
Blue-green Algae Bloom in Taihu Lake: Reflections on Pollution and Development
Zhang Ke
Water Crisis in Chinese Cities in 2007
Jiang Minzhuo
A Health Checkup on the Ecology of the Yangtze River
Wang Yongchen

PART TWO: CLIMATE CHANGE
The Impact of Climate Change on China
Liu Haiying
Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events in China in 2007
Huang Lei
China and Climate Change from the Perspective of International Civil Society
Fu Tao
Climate Change and Chinese Youth’s Attitudes towards Consumption
Zhang Kejia

PART THREE: URBAN ENVIRONMENT
Green Olympics and Environmental Improvements in Beijing
Li Jiao
How Far is Beijing from Being an Eco-city?
Feng Yongfeng
Progress in Energy Conservation and Emissions Reduction
Zhao Wengeng
Green Commuting and Public Participation
Kang Xue

PART FOUR: PUBLIC POLICY AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
Progress and Problems in China’s Construction of an Environmental Legal System
Xu Kezhu, Song Wanzhong and Zhu Fen
Green Credit Policy in China
Yu Xiaogang
Challenges for Strategic Environmental Impact Assessments
Qie Jianrong
Reflections on Environmentally Related Mass Events in China
Tong Zhifeng

PART FIVE: APPENDIX
Annual Indexes: Environmental Trends

Terminological Translation Index
Terminological Glossary
Index
All those interested in developments in China's environment and environmental policy. Also an excellent primary source for analysis of the political climate for NGOs and public intellectual and policy discourse in China.