Sieren Ernst CEO & Co-founder Climate Cost Project/Principal at Ethics & Environment
Jun 29 , 2017
Like the United States, China’s falling emissions have been aided by renewable energy expansions, but are more a result of economic forces that would have existed in the absence of government effort. Germany on the other hand has made strong policy decisions that have transformed the shape of its energy infrastructure, rather than letting its energy infrastructure transform the shape of its policy. If China wishes to lead the world to two degrees, it should follow Germany’s example, not the U.S.’s.
Yu Xiang Research Fellow, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations
Jun 07 , 2017
As the president pushes the private sector to assume more of the federal government’s role in environmental protection, developing standards and related technology updating could mean new cooperation areas for business and local governments in China and the US. Green-friendly China could also become a haven for like-minded entrepreneurs in the US.
Rob Efird Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies, Seattle University
Apr 20 , 2017
Like the United Nations and many national governments around the world, the Chinese government has sought to use education as an important means of fostering environmental stewardship and ecological sustainability. Yet, while the Ministry of Education guidelines and their plans for implementation look great on paper, they encounter significant obstacles in China’s exam-focused schools.
Guo Dong Director of the Earth Institute China Initiative, Columbia University
Kelsie DeFrancia Assistant Director for the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management, Columbia University
Feb 27 , 2017
Now is the time, especially given the Trump Administration’s stance on environment, for China to assume the leadership role with more assertiveness and confidence, be more proactive in working with other nations, and coordinate global actions to curb pollution.
Han Dongping Professor, Warren Wilson College
Jan 23 , 2017
While U.S. President Donald Trump was talking about investing more in coal as a source of energy, China has just announced that it will scrap 85 coal power plants under construction and invest 2.5 trillion yuan ($361 billion) in green energy, largely in response to the public outcry about smog in northern China. China’s move in this direction will further strengthen China’s leadership position in green energy.
Dec 30 , 2015
China will stop approving new coal mines for the next three years and continue to trim production capacity as the world’s biggest energy consumer struggles to shift away from the fuel as it grapples with pollution.