An Environmental Protection Regime for the South China Sea: Fact vs Fiction
Environment,Hotspots
By Mark J. Valencia - 29 Jan 2019

An Environmental Protection Regime for the South China Sea: Fact vs Fiction

There has recently been a resurgence of romantic proposals for a cooperative environmental protection regime in the Spratlys and the South China Sea as a confidence building precedent for cooperation on other more difficult matters.
The Sulawesi Tsunami and the Radical Contingency of the World
Society,Environment,Southeast Asia

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 02 Oct 2018

The Sulawesi Tsunami and the Radical Contingency of the World

Freedom of Navigation and the Environment
Politics,Environment

By Mark J. Valencia - 07 Sep 2018

Freedom of Navigation and the Environment

The Environmental Challenges of the Belt and Road Initiative
Environment,China

The Environmental Challenges of the Belt and Road Initiative

China is moving ahead with the Belt and Road Initiative. However, clear policy guidance on exactly how to ensure that the construction of infrastructure projects is pursued in an environmentally sustainable way is largely absent from the debate.
Thanos and the Population Bomb
Economy,Society,Environment

Thanos and the Population Bomb

The concerns about population in Avengers: Infinity War have deep precedents in environmentalist thought, including the works of Thomas Malthus and Paul Ehrlich.
China and Japan Must Address Shared Marine Environmental Emergencies
Environment,East Asia

China and Japan Must Address Shared Marine Environmental Emergencies

The January 6, 2018 collision between the Panamanian-flagged Iranian-owned tanker Sanchi and the Hong Kong-registered grain freighter CF Crystal in the East China Sea has created a potential environmental disaster. China and Japan have been slow to respond.
Is Regionalism a New Answer in Tackling Climate Change?
Environment

Is Regionalism a New Answer in Tackling Climate Change?

The EU and China are pioneering climate change legislation and clean technology, and have the highest stakes in keeping the climate change mitigation trajectory. Is bilateral cooperation between states, or between states and regional organizations, a new answer to climate change?
Trump’s “Climate Exit” and the Future of the Paris Agreement
Environment

Trump’s “Climate Exit” and the Future of the Paris Agreement

On June 1, 2017, US President Donald Trump decided to leave the Paris Agreement. His “climate exit” will not reverse the overall trend of moving towards a greener and less fossil-fuel dependent global economy and the more effective global governance of climate change.
By Fengshi Wu - 19 Jun 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
A Spratlys Environmentally Protected Area?
Environment,Hotspots

A Spratlys Environmentally Protected Area?

Lost amid the recent cacophony of nationalist rhetoric regarding the disputes in the South China Sea have been calls for the claimants to agree to set aside part of the area for environmental preservation. This suggestion is both idealistic and unrealistic.
Beijing’s “Summit Blue”: What Does It Say about China’s Smog Woes?
Environment,China

Beijing’s “Summit Blue”: What Does It Say about China’s Smog Woes?

When world leaders gathered in Beijing for the first Belt and Road Forum in May 2017, they were greeted by clear blue skies. However, five days after the conclusion of the Forum, Beijing residents braced for another round of polluted days caused by photochemical smog.
By Gang Chen - 30 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Transboundary Environmental Security in the Mekong River
Environment,Southeast Asia

Transboundary Environmental Security in the Mekong River

The Mekong River is one of the most contested rivers as six countries with unequal political power and differing degrees of social, scientific, and institutional capacity have been implementing projects with inadequate regard for their neighbors’ development plans. Environmental security may offer answers to the transboundary resource dilemmas of these states.  
China’s Deadly Floods in 2016: A Stress Test for Government Capacity
Environment,China

China’s Deadly Floods in 2016: A Stress Test for Government Capacity

In the summer of 2016, China was stricken by devastating floods that affected both the northern and southern parts of the country. Weaknesses in local disaster management departments have been revealed in the various floods-hit areas.
By Gang Chen - 10 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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