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Clearer Skies Over China: Reconciling Air Quality, Climate, and Economic Goals

Chris P. Nielsen and Mun S. Ho


China's carbon dioxide emissions now outstrip those of other countries and its domestic air quality is severely degraded, especially in urban areas. Its sheer size and its growing, fossil-fuel-powered economy mean that China‗s economic and environmental policy choices will have an outsized effect on the global environmental future. Over the last decade, China has pursued policies that target both fossil fuel use and atmospheric emissions, but these efforts have been substantially overwhelmed by the country's increasing energy demands. With a billion citizens still living on less than $4,000 pe ... More

Keywords: China, carbon dioxide emissions, air quality, policy choices, energy demands, public health, sulfur controls

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780262019880
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019880.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris P. Nielsen, editor

Mun S. Ho, editor

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I Introduction, Review, and Summary

2 Summary: Sulfur Mandates and Carbon Taxes for 2006–2010

Chris P. Nielsen, Mun S. Ho, Yu Zhao, Yuxuan Wang, Yu Lei, and Jing Cao

3 Summary: Carbon Taxes for 2013–2020

Chris P. Nielsen, Mun S. Ho, Jing Cao, Yu Lei, Yuxuan Wang, and Yu Zhao

II Studies of the Assessment

5 Primary Air Pollutants and CO2 Emissions from Cement Production in China

Yu Lei, Qiang Zhang, Chris P. Nielsen, and Kebin He

9 The Economics of Environmental Policies in China

Jing Cao, Mun S. Ho, and Dale W. Jorgenson

III Appendixes

A Economic-Environmental Model of China

Jing Cao, Mun S. Ho, and Dale W. Jorgenson

B The Valuation of Health Damages

Yu Lei and Mun S. Ho

C New Assumptions and Methods for the 2013–2020 Policy Cases

Yu Zhao, Yuxuan Wang, Yu Lei, and Chris P. Nielsen

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