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Interdisciplinary Environmental Review
Interdisciplinary Environmental Review


Special issue on: "Sustainability and China: Challenges and Opportunities for the Middle Kingdom and the World"

Guest Editor: Prof. Paul A. Barresi, Southern New Hampshire University, USA

The People's Republic of China occupies a little more than six percent of the Earth's land surface, but is home to nearly twenty percent of its human population. According to an analysis undertaken by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, China surpassed the United States as the world's largest CO2 emitter in 2006, although its per capita emissions remain far below those of the West. Its economy is expected to overtake that of the United States as the world's largest by as early as 2020. For millennia, the Chinese have excelled at using certain types of resources efficiently, especially in agriculture, but also have a centuries-old tradition of undertaking epic public works projects with equally epic environmental impacts. A half century of rapid industrialization has left China reeling from a precipitous decline in environmental quality, which has sparked sometimes violent citizen protests throughout the country in recent years. According to the World Bank, sixteen of the world's twenty most polluted cities are in China.

This special issue seeks to explore both the challenges of and the opportunities for achieving environmental sustainability in China, including their implications for both ecological stewardship and human quality of life goals for the Chinese people and the world. As the century unfolds, the prospects for achieving sustainability in China promise to have an increasingly palpable impact on the futures of us all.

Subject Coverage
Manuscripts on any relevant topic are welcome, as long as the approach is interdisciplinary and the focus invokes both sustainability and China. Manuscripts that focus on the sustainability implications of one or more systems at the human-nature interface are especially welcome. These systems include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Agricultural, aquacultural, and silvicultural systems
  • Atmospheric and climatic systems
  • Business administration and organizational leadership systems
  • Ecological systems
  • Economic and socioeconomic systems
  • Energy systems
  • Hydrological systems
  • Ideological and cultural systems
  • Industrial and manufacturing systems
  • Natural resource extraction systems
  • Political, legal, public administration, and other public governance systems
  • Social systems
  • Technological systems
  • Transportation systems
  • Waste management systems

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (Conference papers may only be submitted if they were not originally copyrighted and if they have been completely re-written.)

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Submission deadline: June 15, 2011