Contemporary China Series: Ecological Civilization of Contemporary China

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This book comprehensively and vividly introduces China's drive to build an ecological civilization. With thought-provoking text illustrated with photos, the book will help Chinese and foreign readers better understand the road to an ecological civilization with Chinese characteristics.

About Author
Duan Juan, doctor of science and associate research fellow with the Institute of Contemporary China Studies under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, specializes in the research of the history of China's regional economy and the history of the ecological environment, and has published several books and monographs, including Research on China's Regional Economic Development, and collection of papers Research on China's Regional Development and Construction of Ecological Civilization. Duan has also taken part in compiling several books, and published more than 40 papers in academic periodicals and journals such as China Soft Science, China Population, Resources and Environment, China Contemporary History Studies, and Teaching and Research.
Table of Contents
Chapter I History, problems and challenges for ecological civilization 
The start of environmental protection in the People’s Republic of China (1949–1978) 
Environmental protection as a basic national policy and development of environmental protection (1978–1992) 
Implementing the sustainable development strategy (1992–2002) 
Constructing a resource-conserving and environmentally-friendly society (2002–2012) 
Construction of an ecological civilization progressing to a new stage in the new era (2012 to now) 
Problems and challenges for the construction of an ecological civilization 
Chapter II New thoughts and new philosophy on ecological civilization 
Upholding the principle of harmony between man and nature 
Lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets 
A sound ecological environment is the most inclusive benefits to the people’s well-being 
Mountains, rivers, forests, farmlands, lakes and grasslands are a shared community of life 
Protecting the environment requires the best institutional arrangements and the strictest rule of law 
Working together on global ecological conservation 
Chapter III Promoting the development of green, low-carbon and circular economy 
Adhering to the green, low-carbon path to development 
Constructing a green, low-carbon industrial system 
Utilization of clean coal and development of renewable energy 
Promoting the development of circular economy 
Construction of low-carbon cities and industrial parks 
Green finance fuels development of green, low-carbon economy 
Development of carbon capture, utilization and storage and the construction of carbon emissions trading markets 
Chapter IV Fresh air, lucid waters, and clean lands 
Building a beautiful China with blue skies, white clouds and fresh air 
Building a beautiful China with lucid waters and green river banks 
Building a beautiful China with less solid wastes and clean soil 
Chapter V Promoting ecological restoration and protection 
Implementing ecological restoration projects 
Strengthening the construction of nature reserves and national parks 
Promoting the red-line demarcation work for ecological protection 
Strengthening the biodiversity protection 
Chapter VI Taking part in global ecological and environmental governance 
Participating and promoting the global climate governance 
Promoting the construction of a green Belt and Road 
Concluding remarks
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Sample pages of Contemporary China Series: Ecological Civilization of Contemporary China (ISBN:9787508542409)
Sample pages of Contemporary China Series: Ecological Civilization of Contemporary China (ISBN:9787508542409)
Sample pages of Contemporary China Series: Ecological Civilization of Contemporary China (ISBN:9787508542409)

After having undergone the era of primitive and agricultural civilizations, the industrial revolution that began in the 18th century brought about the rapid development of productivity, but also caused serious environmental pollution and ecological damage, such as climate warming, ozone layer depletion, biodiversity reduction, widespread acid rains, sharp reduction in forests, land desertification, air pollution, water pollution, marine pollution and solid waste pollution. These ecological crises have become the Top 10 Environmental Issues that threaten the survival and development of mankind. At the third session of the United Nations Environment Assembly in 2017, a report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) estimated that the environmental degradation could be the cause for 12.6 million deaths worldwide each year, accounting for one-fourth of the global deaths. Welfare losses caused by pollution are estimated to amount to US$4.6 trillion per year, about 6.2% of the global economic output. In 2019, a report issued by the UNEP at the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly pointed out that human health would be under growingly grave threat if mankind does not act immediately in environmental protection. In January 2020, the Global Risks Report 2020 by the World Economic Forum pointed out that in the 10-year outlook, the top five global risks in terms of likelihood are all environmental. According to the degree of likelihood, the top five risks are: extreme weather incidents (such as floods and rainstorms); failure of climate-change mitigation and adaptation; major natural disasters (such earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and geomagnetic storms); major biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse; and man-made environmental damages and disasters. 
The natural environment is the material basis for the survival and multiplying of mankind, and therefore protecting and improving the environment is the precondition for mankind to safeguard its own survival and development. Facing multiple crises such as resources shortage, energy consumption, biological degradation and environmental pollution, many countries have adopted various policies for green development, including the Green New Deal of the United States, the Low Carbon Transition Plan of Great Britain, the Green Economy and Social Change Strategy of Japan, the National Strategy for Green Growth of South Korea, the Multiannual Energy Program (PPE) of France, and the National Sustainable Development Strategy of Germany. The policies are intended to reduce the dependency on fossil energy for economic development, and to hold back and prevent further degradation of the ecological environment by elevating the economy to the path of clean and sustainable development......
Contemporary China Series: Ecological Civilization of Contemporary China