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China’s Green GDP

The conflict between China’s economic development and environmental problems has triggered heated discussions around the world. While Chinese people are enjoying the high-speed railways, condominiums and overpasses, they wear protective masks, use air cleaners, and check PM 2.5 readings everyday. Pollution regulation has become an urgent and pressing task for Chinese government. More and more experts and scholars are calling for exploration into new and promising economic growth areas, as well as promotion of green, circular, low-carbon and energy-efficient development patterns.

In the effort to combat the deteriorating environment in China, we have witnessed the emergence of stricter government policies and the rise of civil society NGOs. What actions has the Chinese government taken so far? What other efficient and feasible measures can we expect from the government? Can NGOs operate the same way in China as they do in western countries?  Can they really contribute to environmental change under legal and regulatory uncertainty? What kind of policies could best address the conflict between the environment and the economy? Would China continue to grow at its current rate in a low-carbon economy?

中国持续高速的经济发展和日益严重的环境问题之间的矛盾早已在全世界的范围内引起广泛关注和热烈探讨。环境污染不仅仅影响着决策者的政策制定和国家的整体形象,也时刻影响着每一个居民的日常生活。从最初的被动公布PM2.5监测值,到宏观微观并举、积极采用调控和行政手段节能减排,中国政府对于环境治理的政策力度已经空前强大,越来越多的学者、企业、NGO、普通民众也加入到探索环境治理改善的洪流中来。调整发展结构成为中国深化改革的重要一环。

我们看到了APEC Blue带给北京民众的喜悦,也同时意识到这样短期的环境改善背后巨大的行政成本和经济代价。怎样的环境政策和管理模式能够带来最佳的治理效果?在公共政策层面如何平衡结构调整和经济增长的矛盾?政府之外的民间组织、学者智库、和普通大众如何为中国经济社会的健康发展贡献力量?绿色经济应当是中国经济社会新常态不可或缺的组成部分。

Key Questions 

  • What is the status quo of China’s environment pollution?
  • What are some of the key challenges that the Chinese government and companies face in their combat to environmental pollution?
  • How is the Chinese government going to combat the environmental problem?

Related Links:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/china-to-cough-up-283-billion-to-clean-up-air-pollution-1.1324866 (26’ — 50’ 北京路人interview)

http://v.baidu.com/kan/UyZy?fr=v.hao123.com/search&page=videoMultiNeed

http://baidu.cntv.cn/schedule/SCHE1357287287594711&videoId=3a46b76f53964114aa04592ea9f4dca9 (1:54 —2:42)

-ABC News report China’s pollution fog Australia也在报道的话可以说明问题的严重和关注的广泛

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8CiJ97N1_c

-The Daily Show 从1:15-3:30 John Steward都在海洗中国 非常诙谐

http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/rhnx5z/things-may-be-bad–but-at-least-we-can-t-chew-our-air

Chai Jing’s video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6X2uwlQGQM&spfreload=10

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