Judith Shapiro is director of the masters in natural resources and sustainable development for the School of International Service at American University and chair of the global environmental politics programme. She is the author, co-author, or editor of nine books, including (with Yifei Li) China Goes Green: Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet. Her PhD is from American University’s School of International Service.
China’s carbon pledge may be the world’s last best hope and has great potential for renewed US cooperation. But it also risks justifying greater authoritarianism at home, more controversial dams and exports of carbon liabilities.