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Chinese Economic Development and the Environment
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Chinese Economic Development and the Environment

9781848445505 Edward Elgar Publishing
Shunsuke Managi, Associate Professor, Tohoku University, Japan and Shinji Kaneko, Professor, Hiroshima University, Japan
Publication Date: 2010 ISBN: 978 1 84844 550 5 Extent: 352 pp
Over the past two decades, China has become an economic powerhouse. However, as the world’s largest producer of CO2 emissions, the scale and seriousness of China’s environmental problems are clearly evident. This pioneering book provides an economic analysis of the significant environmental and energy problems facing China in the 21st century.

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Over the past two decades, China has become an economic powerhouse. However, as the world’s largest producer of CO2 emissions, the scale and seriousness of China’s environmental problems are clearly evident. This pioneering book provides an economic analysis of the significant environmental and energy problems facing China in the 21st century.

Chinese Economic Development and the Environment measures productivity, taking into account energy resources and environmental attributes that are central to sustaining economies. Applying an integrated model of energy production, transformation and consumption processes, the authors investigate the underlying driving forces behind trends in CO2 emissions in relation to the total primary energy supply.

Exploring the history and development of China’s economic, energy and environmental policy, this book will strongly appeal to postgraduate students in economics and environmental studies. It will also be beneficial for practitioners and policy-makers interested in understanding how successful market and environmental policies can contribute to efficiency by encouraging, rather than inhibiting, technological innovation.
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‘. . . the book represents a considerable effort to shed light on China’s environmental crisis and its relationship to the rapid economic growth of the country. It is empirically driven, methodologically innovative, and well worth reading.’
– Bryan Tilt, Environment and Planning C

‘The authors are to be congratulated for a book that provides a comprehensive and vigorous analysis of many pressing environmental issues which China faces now and will face in the future. The book will be of interest to a broad audience, and is a must-read for and should be on the book shelf of anyone concerned about and attempting to understand environmental issues related to agriculture, water, industry, energy production and use, investment and development in China.’
– Zhongxiang Zhang, The China Journal
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Contents: Preface 1. Introduction: Economic Growth and the Environment 2. Environmental Kuznets Curve 3. Efficiency in Environment Management 4. Wastewater, Waste Gas and Solid Waste 5. Foreign Direct Investment and Environmental Policies 6. Increasing Returns to Pollution Abatement 7. Causal Direction Between Pollution Abatement and Environmental Efficiency 8. Water and Agriculture 9. Iron and Steel Industry 10. Stagnancy of Energy-Related CO2 Emissions 11. Energy Supply-Side and Demand-Side Effects 12. Experts’ Judgment on the Future Perspective 13. Conclusion Index
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