Will China lead the world in global climate politics?

Event status:

china wind farm China is poised to step into the leadership void left by the Trump administration’s likely withdrawal from international climate politics

Date:
Friday 24 March 2017 12:30 pm until Friday 24 March 2017 01:30 pm (Add to calendar)
Contact:
La Trobe Asia
03 9479 5414; asia@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
Dr Benjamin Habib
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Seminar/Workshop/Training

The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, has left no ambiguity about the stance his government would take on climate change. During the election campaign he infamously tweeted that climate change was a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, and promised to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. In his short time in office he has signed off on restarting the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, and his executive branch is a cartel of oil industry-friendly figures.

China is a contrast to this. In 2005 it was home to 16 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world, but today it is the world’s leading producer of renewable energy sources. It has the largest capacity solar, wind and hydro plants in the world, accounting for one-third of installed wind power, and one-fifth of installed solar. It is now poised to step into a leadership role in global climate politics, and is well placed to be the dominant player in the post-carbon international economy.

Dr. Benjamin Habib is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at La Trobe University. Ben is an internationally published scholar with research and teaching interests including the political economy of North Korea’s nuclear program, East Asian security, international politics of climate change. He also teaches on global environmental politics, Australian politics and contemporary China.

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Location: Viz Lab, Level 2, Borchardt Library, Bundoora Campus, La Trobe University.

BYO Lunch. RSVP appreciated to asia@latrobe.edu.au

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