Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development in China

Hong Kong in Global Context

Paul G. Harris

Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development in China

Paul G. Harris

Distributed for Bristol University Press

294 pages | 5 figures, 7 tables | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2012
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447305071 Published September 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447305088 Published August 2012 For sale in North and South America only
With China’s economy and infrastructural development exploding, the world urgently needs avenues for a sustainable approach to its growth. Here Paul G. Harris explores these avenues, using Hong Kong as a case study to introduce the major concepts in sustainable development for China. Sketching out the historical and political contexts for China’s environmental policymaking, he analyzes key challenges related to the country’s development, including air pollution, water quality, waste, transport, and climate change. Geared toward undergraduates and the young people who will be instrumental in managing China’s growth, it provides a fundamental outlook on how China can achieve its goals in environmentally friendly ways.

List of tables, figures and boxes

1. Introduction
Part One: Conceptions of sustainable development
2. Conceptualising sustainable development
3. Origins and critiques of sustainable development
4. Implementing sustainable development
Part Two: Contexts for sustainable development in China’s world city
5. Geography and population
6. History and development
7. Government institutions and policy priorities
8. Consumption and a city’s environmental footprint
Part Three: Challenges of sustainable development
9. Air
10. Water
11. Energy and climate change
12. Transportation
13. Environmental spaces
14. Conclusion


Review Quotes
Christine Loh, CEO, Civic Exchange, Hong Kong

“Rich communities still struggle between development and environment—Hong Kong’s story provides an example of how Chinese cities may evolve. Professor Harris gives us a thorough analysis of the challenge of achieving sustainability.”

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