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China's responsibility for climate changeEthics, fairness and environmental policy$
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Paul G. Harris

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428134

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428134.001.0001

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Diplomacy, responsibility and China’s climate change policy

Diplomacy, responsibility and China’s climate change policy

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(p.xiv) (p.1) One Diplomacy, responsibility and China’s climate change policy
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China's responsibility for climate change
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Paul G. Harris

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428134.003.0001

With the increasingly central role of China very much in mind, this book aims to assess how China's longstanding concerns about international fairness and justice can be squared against the pressing need for an effective international regime and effective domestic policies that limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This chapter lays a foundation for the chapters that follow. It begins by describing very briefly some of the science and international diplomacy of climate change, before summarising some key aspects of Chinese climate policy and providing some possible explanations for that policy.

Keywords:   climate diplomacy, China, Chinese climate policy, climate change, GHG emissions

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