The Chinese performance in climate change

Ming Yang, Fan Yang

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The Chinese performance in climate change is considered by some to have fallen short of the standard of performances of the world's other large developing countries. This paper presents a ranking methodology and a case study to evaluate Chinese performance in climate change. Eight economic, social and environment indicators were collected for China and an additional 17 for the largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters in non-Annex I countries. An MS-Excel spreadsheet was developed to manipulate these indicators and to calculate indices. A comparative analysis of the 18 countries was undertaken to highlight and compare the Chinese performance. This paper concludes that China's climate change performance is not as bad as some agencies have suggested: in fact, it has improved over the past few years. In order to perform better, however, China needs to reduce its growth rate of GHG emissions, reduce fossil fuel consumption, promote energy efficiency, enhance education, and facilitate human development in fighting climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-244
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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