International Climate Policy

The international climate regime has made limited progress over the past twenty years of long march of endless negotiation, while the impact of climate change has been increasingly reported in reality more than in the climate models. This brings up the interdisciplinary perspectives of politics, institutional, human behavior change, culture and religions in climate policy discussion. My research looks into how the environmental economic approaches are being implemented on the ground. Chinese wind CDM is used as a case to exam how international climate policy can be misinterpreted if it does not stress China national political economy and domestic constraints. I follow and observe China’s climate policy closely. For its own seek and interests, China has been quietly developing its leadership in clean energy and moving aggressively toward a low-carbon economy and society. China’s policy transformation shows a lesson to engage the developing world: policies that address developing countries’ own interest have better chance to win. All country has a role in tackling climate change but no country is more important than the U.S. and China, it is essential for the world top two economy and emitter collaborate and work together on energy and climate.