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Responsibility for emissions and aspirations for development

Article of Olivia Bina, “Responsibility for emissions and aspirations for development”, in Paul G. Harris (ed.), China’s responsibility for climate change: ethics, fairness, and environmental policy, University of Chicago Press, 2011. 256 p. Olivia Bina is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences University of Lisbon, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography and Resource Management of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is also a member of UrbaChina.

Drawing on practices and theories of environmental justice, ‘China’s responsibility for climate change’ describes China’s contribution to global warming and analyzes its policy responses. Contributors critically examine China’s practical and ethical responsibilities to climate change from a variety of perspectives. They explore policies that could mitigate China’s environmental impact while promoting its own interests and meeting the international community’s expectations. The book is accessible to a wide readership, including academics, policy makers and activists.All royalties from sales of this book will be donated to Friends of the Earth.ll royalties from sales of this book will be donated to Friends of the Earth.


Part One

  • Introduction: Diplomacy, responsibility and China’s climate change policy / Paul G. Harris

Part Two

  • Determining responsibility: Climate duties, human rights and historical emissions / Derek Bell
  • Responsibility for emissions and aspirations for development / Olivia Bina
  • Differentiating historical responsibilities for climate change / Christian Ellermann, Niklas Höhne and Benito Müller
  • The non-cooperator pays principle and the climate standoff / Jonathan Symons

Part Three

  • Policy implications: Evaluating ethical obligations across scales of governance / Erich W. Schienke
  •  Short-lived greenhouse gases and climate fairness / Frances C. Moore and Michael C. MacCracken
  •  Sustainable consumption and production in global value chains / Patrick Schroeder
  • Global governance, responsibility and a new climate regime / Andreas Oberheitmann and Eva Sternfeld

Part Four

  • Conclusion: Chinese responsibility for climate change  / Paul G. Harris.

 Publications of Olivia Bina

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