Pollution

Foreign Affairs Article

The Other Climate Changers

Authors: Jessica Seddon Wallack and Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Little attention has been given to reducing emissions of the light-absorbing particles known as "black carbon" or the gases that form ozone--even though doing so would be easier and cheaper and have a more immediate effect.

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Foreign Affairs Article

The Great Leap Backward?

Author: Elizabeth C. Economy

China's environmental woes are mounting, and the country is fast becoming one of the leading polluters in the world. The situation continues to deteriorate because even when Beijing sets ambitious targets to protect the environment, local officials generally ignore them, preferring to concentrate on further advancing economic growth. Really improving the environment in China will require revolutionary bottom-up political and economic reforms.

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Article

China Wakes Up to Its Environmental Catastrophe

Author: Elizabeth C. Economy
BusinessWeek

China's premier declared a "war on pollution" at the National People's Congress, responding to the Chinese public's distress over the state of the country's environment. Though the government announced an array of new targets and measures, Elizabeth Economy argues that Beijing must move beyond bold promises of change and initiate real environmental reform.

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Audio

Russell C. Leffingwell Lecture: The Diplomacy of Climate Change (Audio)

Speaker: William Hague
Presider: Christine Todd Whitman

United Kingdom's foreign secretary,William Hague, discusses the urgency of an international climate deal in which all countries accept responsibility for climate change, enforce a more robust framework for high growth and low carbon economic models, and ensure a new sustainable pathway to prosperity and security.

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Audio

Climate Change and Religious Environmental Activism (Audio)

Listen to Richard Cizik, vice president for governmental affairs at the National Association of Evangelicals, and Michael Levi, director of the program on energy security and climate change at CFR, discuss climate change and religious environmental activism as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call Series.

Learn more about CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative.

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Book

The River Runs Black

Author: Elizabeth C. Economy

Selected by the Globalist as one of the top ten books of 2004, The River Runs Black is the most comprehensive and balanced volume to date on China's growing environmental crisis and its implications for the country's development.

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