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Download Preface / Paul G. Harris (13 KB)

Download Introduction / Paul G. Harris (11 KB)

Download Global sustainability, climate change and China : the need for a new paradigm for international cooperation / Mukul Sanwal (63 KB)

Download Climate change, water, and China’s security : implications for global cooperation on climate change / Scott Moore (71 KB)

Download Getting hotter : how could China’s climate change policy trajectory impact a Post-Kyoto accord? / Gloria Jean Gong (156 KB)

Download Two logics of climate change games : environmental governance and know-how competition / Hongyuan Yu (145 KB)

Download Differentiating (historic) responsibilities for climate change : exploring the case of China / Christian Ellermann & Niklas Höhne (386 KB)

Download The Chinese [climate] box : a scalar approach to evaluating ethical obligations in climate strategies for China / Erich W. Schienke (66 KB)

Download The right to equal aspirations and the obligation to be different, as a basis for a common future / Olivia Bina (73 KB)

Download Climate duties, human rights and historic emissions / Derek Bell (46 KB)

Download Mitigation of short-lived greenhouse gases as the foundation for a fair and effective climate compromise between China and the West / Frances C. Moore & Michael C. MacCracken (56 KB)

Download Social economic and political aspects of climate change / Anandi Sharan (61 KB)

Download The non-cooperator pays principle : pragmatic norms and the US-China mitigation standoff / Jonathan Symons (57 KB)

Download WTO law as leverage : an inquiry into the dynamics of climate negotiations between China and the United States / Dan Partan (75 KB)

Download Climbing the Great Wall : how the interplay between China and the United States will affect mitigation in a Kyoto successor treaty / Elizabeth Dinello (71 KB)

Download Philip S. Golub & Jean-Paul Maréchal (72 KB)

Download Emerging opportunities for responding to climate change in the Obama administration : why China should propel developing countries towards global carbon reduction cooperation / Richard Ingwe, S. P. I. Agi, & James Okoro (62 KB)

Download EU-China relations on climate change policies and the role of bilateral cooperation for a global climate change regime / Astrid Carrapatoso (73 KB)

Download Reverse positions : can China be the winner in Sino-EU’s post-Kyoto negotiations of combating climate change? / Yu Qiao (153 KB)

Download Sectoral approach : what is in it for the Chinese economy? / Joyashree Roy, Moumita Roy, & Shreya Roychowdhury (126 KB)

Download Evaluating CO2 capture ready investment in new-built thermal power plants in China / Xi Liang, David Reiner, Jon Gibbins, & Jia Li (190 KB)

Download Liability for climate change : a decentralized approach to long-term climate policy / Detlef Sprinz (74 KB)

Download Do all roads lead to Copenhagen? The case of China’s participation in the post-2012 climate change regime / Ho-Ching Lee (38 KB)

Download Looking beyond : changes for climate change, changes for development / Gerald Schmidt (54 KB)

Download Asia-Pacific partnership on clean development and climate : China and international climate policy beyond Kyoto / Christoph Holtwisch (84 KB)

Download China’s dilemma in climate change mitigation : the energy problem / (233 KB)

Download China's renewable energy policy : from project-based to strategic policy making: cases of wind and solar / Veronica Pei-Fei Chang, & Hans Bruyninckx (87 KB)

Download Modeling China’s climate change policy in a post-2012 framework : on the perspective of reputation / Edward Xuedong Wang (143 KB)

Download Are there policy tunnels for China to follow? / Jan Kunnas & Timo Myllyntaus (150 KB)

Download Predictability and China’s legally binding goal of CO2 emissions in the Copenhagen negotiation / Yuan Xu (67 KB)

Download Climate change in Hong Kong : observations and projections / E W L Ginn, T C Lee, & K Y Chan (348 KB)

Download The integrated impacts of climate change, water availability and socio-economic development on China’s food production / Wei Xiong, Declan Conway, Erda Lin, Yinlong Xu, Hui Ju, Jinhe Jiang, Ian Holman, & Yan Li (183 KB)

Download Rural livelihoods and vulnerability to climate hazards in Ningxia, Northwest China / Yue Li, Yanjuan Wu, D. Conway, F. Preston, Erda Lin, Jisheng Zhang, Taoming Wang, Yi Jia,Qingzhu Gao, Shifeng, & Hui Ju (312 KB)

Download Ecological localness and legitimacy of science policy : mapping climate issue in research over China and Taiwan / Shih-Jung Chen (440 KB)

Download Climate change and heatwaves : China’s responsibility before the poor elderly / José Azoh Barry (81 KB)

Download Land use and climate change : effects and solutions at the local level / Mark Henderson (361 KB)

Download Sustainable consumption and production as climate change mitigation strategy for China / Patrick Schroeder (1.2 MB)

Download Public initiatives and local practices in China’s response to climate change / Lei Xie (66 KB)

Download Climate change, the traditional Chinese calendar and modernity / Rey Tiquia (250 KB)

Download Climate protection in the People’s Republic of China / Bartosz Rakoczy (54 KB)

Download Embedding climate change in the curriculum / John Willott (70 KB)


The conference on China and Global Climate Change was held at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, from 18-19 June 2009. About 100 scholars from around the world participated in the conference. They served in various capacities, including as presenters, researchers, paper writers and/or discussants. The conference was jointly organized and sponsored by Lingnan University's Centre for Asian Pacific Studies (CAPS) and its Environmental Studies Programme (ESP). The objective of the conference was to examine the problem of how to reconcile China's growing greenhouse gas emissions with the Chinese government's unwillingness (so far) to join binding international commitments to reduce those emissions.

Since the start of international negotiations on climate change in the 1980s, the Chinese government has refused to be bound by commitments to limit its pollution of the atmosphere. This refusal is based on the historical responsibility of the world's wealthy countries for past emissions and China's status as a developing country. The then President Hu Jintao reaffirmed that China would not commit to mandatory emissions-reduction targets before the world's wealthy countries take the lead in addressing global climate change. He has also called on affluent countries to pay for emissions limitations in China and other developing countries.

Alongside these Chinese concerns about justice and historical responsibility is the new reality that China has become the largest national source of pollution causing climate change. Without China's involvement, notably limitations in its future greenhouse gas emissions, international efforts to mitigate global warming substantially are unlikely to succeed. This comes against the backdrop of increasing concerns among atmospheric scientists that global warming is happening more quickly than predicted, that climate change will be more severe than anticipated, and that the poorest countries and people of the world will experience monumental suffering in coming decades as a consequence.

Thus the conference aimed to assess how China's longstanding concerns about international fairness and justice can be squared against the pressing need for an effective international regime that limits greenhouse gas emissions – including those from China.

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Centre for Asian Pacific Studies and the Environmental Studies Programme, Lingnan University, Hong Kong


Hong Kong


Environmental Sciences



Recommended Citation

Harris, P. G. (ed.) (2009). China and global climate change: Proceedings of the conference held at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, 18-19 June 2009. Hong Kong: Centre for Asian Pacific Studies and the Environmental Studies Programme, Lingnan University.

China and global climate change : proceedings of the conference held at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, 18-19 June 2009