Chinese Research Perspectives on the Environment, Volume 3

Public Action and Government Accountability

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Editor: LIU Jianqiang
This new volume of Chinese Research Perspectives on the Environment (formerly the China Environment Yearbook) includes selected articles from the 2013 annual environmental report compiled by Friends of Nature, a leading environmental protection NGO in China, with contributions from academics, environmental protection activists, public service activists, and the media.

In this volume, readers are brought up to date on the main environmental issues and events of 2012, including environmental health, dams and cross-border water issues, a rise in environmental awareness and public action in China, sustainable consumption, and heavy metal pollution. Air pollution control has continued to attract attention from the public, media, academics, and government. This volume also discusses the controversy of the revision of the Environmental Protection Law. Like other volumes in the Chinese Research Perspectives on the Environment series, this one aims to record, evaluate, and reflect on China’s current environmental conditions.

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Liu Jianqiang (刘鉴强) is an award-winning investigative journalist and the Beijing editor of Chinadialogue, the first English-Chinese website focusing on reporting environmental issues.

Friends of Nature is 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 3,000 active members and has been recipient of fifteen prestigious national and international awards.
List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
List of Contributors
Preface

VOLUME OVERVIEW
Rapid Urbanization: The Environmental Cost and the Way Forward
Li Bo

PART I: PUBLIC ACTION
1. Social Mobilization, Collective Action, and Resistance against Environmental Pollution in 2012
Wu Fengshi and Peng Lin
2. The Rise and Challenges of Public Environmental Testing
Huo Weiya

PART II: GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE
3. Improving Government Accountability in the Face of Environmental Challenges
Zhang Shiqiu
4. Facing a Water Crisis: A Political and Social Analysis
Guo Weiqing

PART III: GOVERNMENT POLICIES
5. New National Standards for Drinking Water and the Reform of Policies Controlling Pollutant Discharge
Song Guojun and Zhang Zhen
6. Revision of Environmental Protection Law Stirs Controversy
Qie Jianrong

PART IV: LIVABILITY
7. Rapid Increase of Waste Incineration Plants Causes Concern
Yang Changjiang
8. The Challenge of Restoring Brownfields
Gao Shengke
9. Food Safety Concerns Encourage Urban Organic Farming
Cheng Cunwang and Shi Yan

PART V: SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION
10. A “Modest” New Mechanism for Progressive Electricity Pricing
Yu Jie
11. Car Washing in Beijing: Ostentatious Water Use vs. Utilization of Reclaimed Water
Hu Kanping
12. Progress in Restricting Excessive Packaging
Mao Da

PART V: ECOLOGICAL PROTECTION
13. New Hope for Protecting Sanjiangyuan: Headwaters of the Yangtze, Yellow, and Mekong Rivers
Sanjiangyuan Project of the Shan Shui Conservation Center
14. Civil Society Promoting Legislation on Protected Natural Areas
Xie Yan

PART VI: DAMS
15. Hydropower Development: Return of a Crisis on the Upper Reaches of the Yangtze River
Bao Zhiheng
16. Xiaonanhai Hydropower Station: A Typical Case of Political Power Abuse
Liu Yiman and Ding Zhouyang
17. Building Dams on International Rivers: Assuming a More Responsible Role
Yi Yimin

PART VII: POLLUTION
18. Soil Contamination Must Be Dealt With Without Delay
Ma Tianjie
19. Oil Spills and Ocean Pollution
Feng Jie and Tu Fanjing

PART VIII: INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS
20. Public Bicycles in Cities—Government Support Is Key
Meng Si
21. Small Particles, Big Breakthrough: A Report on the Air Quality Information Transparency Index in 113 Cities in 2012
Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs

PART IX: APPENDIX
Major Environmental Events of 2012
Annual Indexes: Environmental Trends
Terminological Glossary
Index
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