Justin Yifu Lin Director, Center for New Structural Economics, Peking University
Håvard Halland Visiting scholar at the Stanford Global Projects Center (GPC) at Stanford University
Oct 29 , 2018
Without massive amounts of long-term “patient” capital – which only institutional investors can muster – it will be impossible to transform energy systems fast enough to mitigate the risk of ecological, economic, and social disaster.
Fernando Ascensão Post-doctoral researcher, Oporto University
Oct 18 , 2018
Discussion of the Belt and Road Initiative usually encompasses the likelihood of it changing global trade patterns, while less attention has been paid to the environmental impact of such a massive infrastructure development plan. However, the BRI provides a unique opportunity to raise the standards of environmental protection around the world.
Chris Nielsen Executive Director of the Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy and Environment
Mun Ho Economist at the Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy and Environment
Oct 12 , 2018
China has made impressive strides in addressing air pollution issues, but continued progress may hinge on market-based institutional reforms of the electricity sector.
Rachael Shwom Associate Director of Rutgers Energy Institute, Rutgers University
Sep 18 , 2018
The challenges China faces in combating climate change are similar to those the U.S. faced.
Guo Chen Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center
Jun 22 , 2018
China’s decision to ban waste imports has exposed the deep structural flaws and interdependencies that support the global waste-management system. Western countries who have long depended on China as a destination for their garbage are straining to accommodate their own waste, while China struggles to find the labor to effectively sort and process waste amidst a “low-end population” crisis.
Charlie Parton Associate fellow of The Royal United Services Institute
May 16 , 2018
To achieve its goal of becoming a leading global power by 2050, China must resolve its looming water shortage, writes Charlie Parton.
Mikaila Smith Master's Candidate, University of Oxford
May 15 , 2018
Contemporary discourse around climate change, energy consumption and geopolitics typically depicts China either as a 21st century redeemer or as an inevitable tragedy. Both of these narratives tend towards the extreme.
Heidi Wang-Kaeding Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin
Mar 02 , 2018
President Xi’s new buzzword “Ecological Civilization” regarding China’s climate change efforts deserves more international attention. The phrase is an example of “environmentalism with Chinese characteristics.”
Zach Montague News Assistant, New York Times
Nov 22 , 2017
At the 19th Party Congress, President Xi announced that China had “taken a driving seat in international cooperation to respond to climate change.” But as much as Beijing has done to get its own house in order domestically, it has hasn’t always let concern over climate change inform its trade policy or diplomacy. And while China is becoming a cleaner, lower-emissions country at a national level, it has done so by "outsourcing" emissions, both internally and overseas.
Ruoxi Bi MA Candidate, New York University
Nov 15 , 2017
China plans to stop accepting imports of solid waste materials by end of 2017. This ban is expected to improve China’s domestic environmental and food safety issues. While the U.S. recycling industry is worrying about the economic damage of this policy change, the ban could trigger a positive change in U.S. domestic recycling policies.