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The Challenge of Global Environmental Change in the Anthropocene: An Analysis of Brazil and China

Authors
  • da Costa Ferreira, Leila1
  • Barbi, Fabiana1
  • 1 University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil , Campinas (Brazil)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Chinese Political Science Review
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Publication Date
May 19, 2016
Volume
1
Issue
4
Pages
685–697
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s41111-016-0028-9
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Yellow

Abstract

Human activities are central to the debate on global environmental changes, constituted as unprecedented challenges to contemporary societies in transition to the Anthropocene. Regarding social and political dimensions of global environmental changes and the perspective of risk society, this article analyses how Brazil and China are politically responding to these challenges. It provides a summary of the main events and trends of environmental policies in Brazil and China, two countries that have been noted for their international importance and, above all, for the importance of environmental issues at the core of their actual political processes. From a theoretical point of view, an intercrossed analysis capable of fostering dialogue between environmental sociology, social theory and sustainability is proposed, considering international relations and the notion of governance. For both countries, the question that remains is whether the actions proposed and the existing political and institutional structures are sufficient to respond effectively to contemporary environmental risks, mainly in time to prevent irreversible climate change.

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