Delhi smog reveals a global failure on climate change

The air quality in Delhi is so poor that a health emergency has been declared and schools have been shut down. Various regional governments are quarrelling with each other and with central government agencies. But solutions to the pollution seem elusive. The Indian environment minister, Harsh Vardhan, advised residents not to panic, saying that a Graded Response Action…

Interview: China’s Environmental Challenges

US academic and writer Judith Shapiro talks about changing attitudes to the environment and whether China can become a global green power Judith Shapiro first became interested in China’s environment while teaching English in Hunan province in the late 1970s. It was here that she was inspired to write a book on Mao-era environmental degradation.  Now a professor of global environmental politics, she talked to chinadialogue about…

Roundtable: Expectations for COP23

As talks begin in Bonn next week, we ask international experts what they want achieved at this year’s climate summit Two years after the Paris Agreement and the focus of this year’s climate talks will be on how to plug the gap in green financing, how countries can scale up their national contributions to climate action,…