Yifei Li is assistant professor of environmental studies at NYU Shanghai and global network assistant professor at NYU. He is currently also a residential fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich. He is coauthor (with Judith Shapiro) of China Goes Green: Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet. He received his PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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.