Michael Davidson on China’s Stance on Climate Change

Topic: China’s Stance on Climate Change

Institution: Natural Resource Defense Council  (NRDC)

Bio: Michael Davidson is the China Climate Fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC. Critically examining the U.S.-China energy and environment relationship, he supports NRDC’s 30-person staff in Beijing as well as US-China environmental protection efforts in Washington. In 2008-9, he was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Tsinghua University in Beijing where he examined national energy policy, distributed renewable energy systems and rural development models. He holds degrees in Physics and Japanese Studies from Case Western Reserve University, and has conducted research on fuel cells and advanced photovoltaic materials. He is fluent in Japanese, Chinese and French. Prior to NRDC, he led research efforts on the security implications of climate change at Asia Policy Point, a non-profit research center studying the U.S. policy relationship with Northeast Asia.

Episode Summary:

Michael Davidson talks about his work as China Climate Fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Citing the Communist party’s latest five-year plan, Michael suggests that, despite rhetoric to the contrary in the US and elsewhere, China is taking climate change mitigation seriously through a series of binding internal targets and investments in solar and wind.

Links to Articles and Reports Mentioned:

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
“China’s Energy and Carbon Emissions Outlook to 2050”

Bloomberg New Energy Finance
“Joined at the hip: the US-China clean energy relationship”

Solar Energy Industries Association
“U.S. Solar Energy Trade Assessment 2010”

Michael’s Top Three:

1. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

2.Bloomberg New Energy Finance

3. Jonathan Watts, “When A Billion Chinese Jump”


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