Impact of Environmental Change on Stability and Conflict Potentials in China

  • Thomas HebererEmail author
  • Anja D. Senz
Part of the Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace book series (HSHES, volume 5)


During the last decades China has faced serious environmental degradations due to extensive economic development. In particular China’s large emissions of greenhouse gases have raised international concerns about the environmental situation in China. The country faces a large amount of international criticisms due to its poor environmental performance and is perceived as one of the most polluted countries in the world. The 2008 Environmental Performance Index Report of Yale University, which evaluates indicators like people’s health, air and water pollution, ranks China as 104 of 149 countries. According to the World Bank, the majority of the world’s most polluted cities are located in China (Klein 2004: 21).


Environmental Policy Central Government Central State Party State Human Security 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for East Asian StudiesUniversity Duisburg-EssenDuisburgGermany
  2. 2.University of Duisburg-Essen, Confucius Institute Metropolis RuhrDuisburgGermany

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