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Climate change in China : the development of China's climate policy and its integration into a new international post-Kyoto climate regime

Klimawandel in China: die Entwicklung Chinas Klimapolitik und die Integration in ein neues internationales Post-Kyoto Klimaregime
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Oberheitmann, Andreas; Sternfeld, Eva

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Abstract According to the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report, global emissions of carbon dioxide have to be reduced by about 80 per cent by 2050 in order to stabilise the increase in global temperature at 2 to 2.4°C by 2100 compared with its pre-industrial level. An increase of only 2°C would bring about "acceptable" negative impacts on the eco-systems and the world economy. Without a reduction in CO2 emissions in China, however, it will be hard to achieve this goal. Currently, China is already responsible for about 50 per cent of the worldwide increase in CO2 emissions recorded over the past ten years. On the other hand, it is the industrialised countries that are mainly responsible for the greenhouse-gas emissions of earlier years. Taking the challenges of China's economic growth, its impact on future CO2 emissions and the development of China's climate policy into account, this article develops a new post-Kyoto regime based on cumulative per-capita emission rights.
Keywords China; climate change; climate change; international politics; environmental protection; international agreement; emission; economic growth; emissions trading; energy supply; energy consumption
Classification Special areas of Departmental Policy; Ecology, Environment
Method empirical; quantitative empirical; historical
Free Keywords Environmental Studies; Climate change; Climate protection; Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change (1997-12-11); Emission rights (environmental assets); Contemporary
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 135-164
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 38 (2009) 3
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works