I’ve spent much of the last three years working on transportation finance and planning issues in China, and Reason Foundation now has transportation policy projects up and running in the cities of Chongqing, Xi’an, and Beijing.
This interview below with the Chinese Premier offers a preview of the challenges and opportunities that will unfold at the
December 2009 UN Climate Conference (see http://en.cop15.dk/?gclid=CI-ImOyB8JwCFYwwpAodNSUfjQ)
Here is the interview, http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2009-09/14/content_8687301.htm
During my first week in China, I have spoken to dozens of people and toured all over Beijing. I even have a map listing the locations of all of the McDonalds in Beijing. Spatial theorists need to write down a model to explain how a uniform distribution of McDonalds is what we observe.
While I am quite happy to be here, this is not a low cost trip. The flight over was literally a pain in the neck. I'm in trouble with my wife
In my first week here in Beijing, I have spoken to a number of scholars here about climate change. A few observations;
1. China's scholars are thinking about climate change mitigation but I haven't met many talking about adaptation.