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Global environmental change: environmental policies in China with reference to Brazil

Abstract

The environmental issue has assumed the status of global problem, mobilizing civil society organizations, media sectors and governments around the world from the last two decades of the twentieth century. Among global environmental changes, climate change has proved to be structuring the debate in recent years, characterized as one of the main challenges of the global society at the entrance of the XXI century. Both Brazil and China still have many challenges to be addressed with respect to the set of problems that make up the environmental issue in a world characterized by high modernity, by the risk society and by the context of global environmental changes. These two countries have been noted for their international importance and, above all, the importance of environmental issues at the core of their political processes. In this context, this project aims to investigate the trajectory by which Brazil-China have internalized the environmental issue, especially with regard to the climate issue, primarily analyzing two social spheres fundamentally present in this process: the sphere of government and the scientific community. The study of the pillar Science-Policy in Brazil-China is of fundamental importance, and consequently one of the innovations proposed in this research project. Regarding methodological aspects, different methods of investigation will be adopted, including, in particular, the systematic analysis of primary and secondary sources, such as the bibliographic and documentary research, and semi-structured interviews with government and scientific agents. We have a team of Doctors and Postgraduate students who will participate in the activities described in this research project, contributing to the realization of the proposed study in this project. (AU)

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