In this Book

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China's carbon dioxide emissions now outstrip those of other countries and its domestic air quality is severely degraded, especially in urban areas. Its sheer size and its growing, fossil-fuel-powered economy mean that China's economic and environmental policy choices will have an outsized effect on the global environmental future. Over the last decade, China has pursued policies that target both fossil fuel use and atmospheric emissions, but these efforts have been substantially overwhelmed by the country's increasing energy demands. With a billion citizens still living on less than $4,000 per year, China's energy and environmental policies must be reconciled with the goals of maintaining economic growth and raising living standards. This book, a U.S.--Chinese collaboration of experts from Harvard and Tsinghua University, offers a groundbreaking integrated analysis of China's economy, emissions, air quality, public health, and agriculture. It first offers essential scientific context and accessible summaries of the book's policy findings; it then provides the underlying scientific and economic research. These studies suggest that China's recent sulfur controls achieved enormous environmental health benefits at unexpectedly low costs. They also indicate that judicious implementation of carbon taxes could reduce not only China's carbon emissions but also its air pollution more comprehensively than current single-pollutant policies, all at little cost to economic growth.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Part I: Introduction, Review, and Summary
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Atmospheric Environment in China: Introduction and Research Review
  2. pp. 3-58
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  1. 2. Summary: Sulfur Mandates and Carbon Taxes for 2006–2010
  2. pp. 59-102
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  1. 3. Summary: Carbon Taxes for 2013–2020
  2. pp. 103-158
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  1. Part II: Studies of the Assessment
  2. pp. 159-160
  1. 4. Primary Air Pollutant Emissions of Coal-Fired Power Plants in China
  2. pp. 161-202
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  1. 5. Primary Air Pollutants and CO2 Emissions from Cement Production in China
  2. pp. 203-224
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  1. 6. An Anthropogenic Emission Inventory of Primary Air Pollutants in China for 2005 and 2010
  2. pp. 225-262
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  1. 7. Atmospheric Modeling of Pollutant Concentrations
  2. pp. 263-290
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  1. 8. Benefits to Human Health and Agricultural Productivity of Reduced Air Pollution
  2. pp. 291-328
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  1. 9. The Economics of Environmental Policies in China
  2. pp. 329-372
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  1. Part III: Appendixes
  2. pp. 373-374
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  1. Appendix A: Economic-Environmental Model of China
  2. pp. 375-392
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  1. Appendix B: The Valuation of Health Damages
  2. pp. 393-402
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  1. Appendix C: New Assumptions and Methods for the 2013–2020 Policy Cases
  2. pp. 403-406
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 407-408
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 409-434
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780262315418
Related ISBN
9780262019880
MARC Record
OCLC
861199744
Pages
444
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-30
Language
English
Open Access
No
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