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Clearer Skies Over ChinaReconciling Air Quality, Climate, and Economic Goals$
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Chris P. Nielsen and Mun S. Ho

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019880

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019880.001.0001

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Atmospheric Environment in China: Introduction and Research Review

Atmospheric Environment in China: Introduction and Research Review

(p.3) 1 Atmospheric Environment in China: Introduction and Research Review
Clearer Skies Over China

Chris P. Nielsen

Mun S. Ho

The MIT Press

As the years go by, the future of the global environment becomes more affected by policy choices that China is making regarding its economy, use of energy, and atmospheric environment. However intractable China's atmospheric environmental challenges seem, its government deserves credit for trying energetically to respond over the last decade. However, the program pursued by the Chinese government has produced mixed results. This chapter analyses these results and states that these successes and failures must be understood in a broader context. The chapter states the goals of this book: the first is to develop a rigorous framework for integrated analyses of national emission control policies that recognizes the main elements of this complex web; the second is to apply this framework to evaluation of two sets of national emission control policies, one concerning the recent past and the other the near future.

Keywords:   global environment, China, Chinese government, emission control policies, energy, economy, atmospheric environmental chalenges

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