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Regional Environmental Politics in Northeast Asia

Conflict and Cooperation, 1st Edition

By Jeongwon Bourdais Park


252 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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The share of global CO2 emissions from the core Northeast Asian (NEA) countries in 2015 was estimated to be as high as 33.63 percent. Representing 28.21, 3.67, and 1.75 percent of total global emissions, China, Japan, and South Korea were ranked the first, fifth, and seventh largest contributors, respectively. Some parts of China, the Republic of Mongolia, the Russian Far East, and Southeast Asia have long been on serious alert due to accelerated deforestation. With their rapid population growth and economic development, the core countries of Northeast Asia are responsible both directly and indirectly for numerous environmental problems. Urgent individual and collective action is required from the region’s governments.

Against the backdrop of debate on how to understand Northeast Asia as a "region," Park focuses on the major regional economies of China, Japan, and South Korea, along with Russia, North Korea, and the Republic of Mongolia, due to both their geopolitical proximity and their significance to the region. The author attempts to answer the questions: "How far has regional environmental cooperation progressed in Northeast Asia?"; and "Why are Northeast Asian countries reluctant to cooperate further on urgent transboundary and regional environmental issues?"

Table of Contents


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Chapter 1: Setting the scene

Chapter 2: Environmental politics and regional cooperation

Chapter 3: Regional reaction to trans-boundary air pollution and climate change in the North-East Asia

Chapter 4: North-East Asia’s responses to biodiversity loss and the formation of regional biodiversity governance

Chapter 5: Regional political dynamics and the marine environment in North-East Asia

Chapter 6: Greening regional politics


About the Author

JeongWon Bourdais Park is Associate Professor of International Relations at KIMEP University, Republic of Kazakhstan.

About the Series

Politics in Asia

Politics in Asia
Politics in Asia has long been established as a source of distinctive and authoritative studies on the political life of Asia. The series covers a broad range of countries and aspects of politics, and includes volumes from some of the leading scholars working in the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies