WASHINGTON— China’s pollution and emissions challenges have been making headlines, but China’s leaders are taking action to respond. While some U.S. policy makers are using China’s pollution as an excuse for U.S. inaction, there are also emerging signals that China can make progress on its pollution challenges.
What is the reality? Is China heading in a new direction?
On Friday, February 28, leading China experts will join a press teleconference to provide insights about the country’s efforts to address its air pollution and climate challenges. The experts, from WRI’s ChinaFAQs network, will focus on developments such as: China’s new emissions trading pilots; announced restrictions on new coal plant construction; shifts to low-carbon fuels; and other potential policies, such as a carbon tax. These measures will signal if China can make progress on its air quality and emissions in 2014 and beyond.
Press teleconference to assess China’s progress on air pollution and climate in 2014
Dr. Carla Freeman, Associate Research Professor of China Studies, Johns Hopkins University SAIS
Chris Nielsen, Executive Director, Harvard China Project, Harvard University
Ailun Yang, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute