Expert Blog

ChinaFAQs experts react to the latest headlines about China climate and energy issues.

Deborah Seligsohn
November 01, 2009

From calls to action in New York, the focus then turned to Bangkok the following week, where one of the many United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meetings in preparation for the big meeting in Copenhagen in December. The meeting was difficult. It seemed like many parties wanted more from others than they would offer themselves. The United States is obviously a particular focus. Without a climate change bill it is unable to make specific commitments on mitigation targets or on funding amounts (No deal on crucial issues as UN climate talks end).

Nick Price
October 22, 2009

About Deborah Seligsohn
I’ve lived in China for 15 of the last 25 years, starting as an English teacher way back in 1984, when coal was so short that we had no power two days a week, through a career in the State Department and now the World Resources Institute that has allowed me to witness the amazing developments that have ensued. During my U.S. Foreign Service Career I worked on energy and environment issues at both the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou. Since joining WRI in 2007 I have focused exclusively on climate change. Watching the breathtaking pace of change here, I often find breaking news doesn’t quite get to the depth of changes that have occurred here or the diversity of experiences in China. I hope to use this blog to provide a little background behind the news and highlight some stories that might help both countries move forward on climate action.

Please visit Deborah’s expert’s page for more information about her work.

Nick Price
October 16, 2009

We’re launching this blog to track major developments and news on the climate, energy and environment front in China and give a bit of context to what’s happening.

Nick Price
October 08, 2009
Nick Price
October 08, 2009
Nick Price
October 08, 2009

Check out Chinadialogue!

By establishing the world’s first fully bilingual website devoted to the environment China Dialogue aims to promote direct dialogue and the search for solutions to our shared environmental challenges. China is growing fast and, as it grows, it is faced with urgent environmental challenges. Environmental costs may account for 10 per cent of China’s GDP and the effects of pollution, desertification and climate change are already beginning to be felt within China and outside her borders.

Nick Price
October 08, 2009

Check out The Green Leap Forward, a blog by ChinaFAQs expert Julian Wong!

The Great Leap Forward was an economic and social plan used from 1958 to 1960 which aimed to use China’s vast population to rapidly transform mainland China from a primarily agrarian economy dominated by peasant farmers into a modern, industrialized communist society.