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Overseas Chinese students’ attitudes toward the role of China in the circumstance of global climate change
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Global climate change is becoming increasingly evident. There has been increased attention paid to the impact of human activity on climate. As a rising power, China’s energy needs to fuel its rapid economic growth with the resulting potential impacts of climate change presents an enormous climate policy dilemma not only for China but also for the entire world. The role of China is an issue of perennial concerns at the international climate change negotiation: its energy saving, emission reduction and clean production reflect China’s dual objectives about sustainable development and efforts on international legal obligations.Education abroad is an integral part of China’s development strategy. The abroad Chinese students who possess the knowledge, technologies skills and ideas, as well as information are playing an important role to assist China retain or increase its competitive advantage. The aim of this paper is to analyze the abroad Chinese students’ opinion on China’s role under the circumstance of global climate change, with main focus on three aspects: Energy consumption and environment situation in China; Several current domestic policies regarding problems of climate change and energy consumption in China; Issues facing the country on its road map to future mitigation action regarding climate change.Alongside the interviews carried out within ten overseas Chinese students, using the social science of Science, Technology and Society (STS) especially its public understanding of Science and Technology as the theoretical perspective, this thesis is exploring the interviewees’ attitudes toward current China’s climate change related issues from a deeper sense of human, culture and public perspective.

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2013. , 46 p.
Keyword [en]
climate change, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, overseas Chinese students, climate, Science Technology and Society (STS), public understanding of science and technology
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Other Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-90449ISRN: LIU-TEMAV/MPSSD-A--3/002--SEOAI: diva2:613377
Subject / course
Master´s in Science for Sustainable Development
2012-12-19, TEM21, Linköping University, TEMA, Linköping, 13:01 (English)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-03-27 Created: 2013-03-27 Last updated: 2013-04-04Bibliographically approved

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