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Environmental and resource sustainability of Chinese cities: A review of issues, policies, practices and effects

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This paper synthesizes the English literature on current issues, policies and practices, and their effects on environmental and resource sustainability in China's ongoing urbanization. Aspects of urban sustainability reviewed include air, water, solid waste, energy efficiency, transportation and land use. It shows that Chinese cities have been and probably will continue to be struggling with issues such as air pollution, scarcity of clean water, solid waste and greenhouse gas emissions. But there are many opportunities for improvement. It suggests shortages of existing policies and major gaps in knowledge and practice, which can be helpful to policy makers, planners and researchers in China and other developing countries.

Keywords: Chinese city; Sustainability; effect; issue; policy; practice

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1477-8947.2011.01378.x

Publication date: May 1, 2011

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