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EST 612. Environmental Policy and Governance The United States and China: A Brief Comparison. David A. Sonnenfeld Dept. of Environmental Studies College of Environmental Science and Forestry State University of New York Syracuse, NY, 13210 USA . February 2011.

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est 612 environmental policy and governance the united states and china a brief comparison

EST 612. Environmental Policy and GovernanceThe United States and China: A Brief Comparison

David A. Sonnenfeld

Dept. of Environmental Studies

College of Environmental Science and Forestry

State University of New York

Syracuse, NY, 13210 USA

February 2011

united states of america usa
United States of America (USA)
  • World's largest economy
    • $12.15 trillion GNI per year, 3.4% growth rate(2004 est.)
    • $40 billion FDI(2002 est.)
    • $37,388 GDP per capita(2003 est.)
  • Population: 298.4 million, 1.0% growth rate(2006 est.)
  • Ecological footprint(2003 est.)
    • United States: 9.6 ha per capita
    • Finland: 7.6 ha per capita
    • Canada: 7.6 ha per capita
  • CO2 emissions
    • 22.5 % of total CO2 emissions(1998 est.)
    • CO2 emissions: 19.8 metric tons/ per capita(2000 est.)
    • CO2 emissions: 5,590 mmt total(2000 est.)
environmental quality in the usa
Environmental Quality in the USA

Per Cent

Source: US EPA (2004)

people s republic of china
People’s Republic of China
  • World's fastest growing economy
    • $1.68 trillion GNI per year, 8.8% growth rate (2004 est.)
    • $49 billion FDI (2002 est.)
    • $1,094 GDP per capita (2003 est.)
  • Population
    • 1/5 of world’s total
    • 1.3 billion, 0.7% growth rate(2006 est.)
  • Ecological footprint(2003 est.)
    • China: 1.6 ha per capita
    • Albania: 1.4 ha per capita
    • Dominican Rep.: 1.6 ha per capita
  • CO2 emissions
    • CO2 emissions: 2.2 metric tons/ per capita (2000 est.)
    • CO2 emissions: 2,780 mmt(2000 est.)
environmental quality in china
Environmental Quality in China

Source: Liu and Diamond (2005)

environmental quality in china1
Environmental Quality in China

Source: Liu and Diamond (2005)

environmental quality in china2
Environmental Quality in China

Source: Liu and Diamond (2005)