Through Climate Change Denial, We're Ceding Global Leadership To China

Thanks to changes in leadership and priorities, China and America might switch positions on environmental supremacy, suggests professor Daniel Gardner.

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While Americans watch their environmental efforts take steps backwards, China is seizing the opportunity to become a world-leader on climate change. Daniel Gardner, one of the 2016 Carnegie Fellows, is taking a close look at the past policies of China, where that leaves them, and what policies are taking shape.

"Lost on much of the world is that even as a soupy smog blankets its skies, China has been going green and clean with a vengeance in recent years."

Through climate change denial, we're ceding global leadership to China