China Environment Series 11 Call for Papers

Apr 16, 2009

The editor of the China Environment Series is welcoming proposals for Feature Articles (maximum 8,000 words) and Commentaries/Notes From the Field (800-2,000 words) for the eleventh issue due out in the spring of 2010.

Proposal abstracts for feature articles and commentaries of not more than 250 words are due by May 22, 2009. Spotlight and feature box proposals can be much shorter, but ideally also received by the 22nd of May.

All accepted papers and boxes are due by August 30, 2009. Feature articles will undergo double-blind review process. Articles that directly hinge upon the outcome of Copenhagen climate talks can be given flexible due dates for final and/or revised versions.

Potential Themes for China Environment Series 11
In the wake of Copenhagen, CES 11 will focus on energy/climate issues in China, with a preference for articles that delve into on-the-ground projects, environmental health impacts of climate change, and concrete opportunities for international climate cooperation with China. We are keen to include articles that look beyond the headlines at energy/climate issues that do not make the front page. Other themes in this publication will be soil degradation and the "building blocks" of China's economy—cement, steel, and chemicals.


I. Features Articles and Commentary/Notes from the Field Themes

CENTRAL THEME
Tackling Climate Change in China:

• Gaps in China's current air pollution/energy efficiency/climate policies;
• Initiatives (governmental, nongovernmental, corporate, or academic) to promote U.S.-China dialogues on clean energy/climate issues;
• Ongoing projects that are aimed at improving energy efficiency and promoting clean technologies that reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and local pollution. Of particular interest are projects that build the capacity of local governments in China;
• Some topical climate ideas are: trends in carbon trading, carbon sequestration through rangelands, the implications of melting glaciers, and adaptation strategies for farmers (e.g., crop gene patents to allow farmers adjust to shifting growing seasons).

SECONDARY THEMES
China's Building Blocks:

The construction and chemical industries are central "building blocks" of China's economic growth. We are interested in articles that look at the pollution and human health threats from the cement, steel, mining, and chemical sectors in China. Besides articles/commentaries that examine the trends and problems in these industrial sectors, we also welcome proposals that highlight projects working to "green" these industries in China. Also of interest are articles that address the environmental health problems in these sectors. For example, mercury is a catalyst in the production of plastic bottles, but what projects are ongoing or could be initiated to deal with the mercury wastes that result from this production? Expansion of green buildings in China is often touted as a promising trend for lowering the country's energy use and air pollution, but the pollution from construction materials (e.g., asbestos and toxic drywall) is an important issue we would like to explore.

The Bad Earth:
At the end of 2008, Chinese researchers completed a three-year survey of China's soil. We are interested not only in learning more about the survey results but also various policies and projects that are, or could be, undertaken to address the highly neglected issue of soil quality.

In addition, authors wishing to propose other articles relating to environmental and energy issues in China or how these issues impact the U.S. or the world should not hesitate to submit a proposal.

II. Spotlights on NGO Activism and Feature Boxes
The China Environment Series always features a rich collection of boxes that provide an inventory of many types of environmental and energy projects underway in China and identify often overlooked environmental issues and initiatives. While we usually tap various people in our network to write about their organizations or a specific topic of interest, we also are open to outside proposals. If you are working in an NGO (Chinese or international) in China and wish to propose an anecdote-rich box that highlights your group's green work in China for CES 11 please let us know. We also accept the Spotlight on NGO Activism boxes in Chinese.

Feature boxes are our carte blanche section, covering a broad range of topics, sometimes focusing on an international organization's environmental or energy work in China (such as the International Energy Agency) or a short overview of a seldom-reported trend or issue (such as nanotechnology development for energy efficiency, or new corporate social responsibility initiatives). Please let us know if you have a proposal for a short feature box (ranges between 500-1,000 words).

Please email proposals for features, commentaries, or boxes to Jennifer L. Turner at Jennifer.turner@wilsoncenter.org and Linden J. Ellis at linden.ellis@wilsoncenter.org .

Authors will be given style guidelines after proposal are accepted.

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