Call for Papers China Environment Series 12—Special Energy and Water Issue

Dear CEF Members,

The editor of the China Environment Series is welcoming proposals for Feature Articles (maximum 8,000 words); Commentaries/Notes From the Field (1000-2,500 words); and Boxes (800-1500 words) for the twelfth issue due out in November/December 2011.

Proposal abstracts for feature articles and commentaries of not more than 250 words are due by March 15, 2011. Spotlight and feature box proposals can be much shorter, but ideally also received mid-March. We will respond to proposals within a week.

All accepted papers and boxes are due by May 16, 2011. Feature articles will undergo double-blind review process, so timely submission of these longer papers is helpful!

Potential Themes for China Environment Series 12
We hope that this 12th issue will tap into some of the key energy and water priorities in the upcoming 12th Five-Year Plan, which is likely to be the greenest yet. The new plan will likely continue to expand renewables and energy intensity reductions as well as add carbon intensity targets. It is possible that the new plan will also set stricter targets on some of the main pollutants that affect water quality.

Under the energy-water theme in CES 12 we are particularly interested in articles that delve into on-the-ground projects, major policy trends, and/or concrete opportunities for international cooperation with China. As usual we are keen to include articles that look beyond the headlines of China's energy and environmental challenges.

I. Features Articles and Commentary/Notes From the Field Central Themes

Low Carbon Energy Challenges and Cooperation:
Policy and Strategy. Developments and gaps in China's current energy policy and planning, particularly in the areas of energy efficiency, renewables, the power sector, and climate.
On-The-Ground Initiatives. Promising governmental, nongovernmental, corporate, or academic efforts to promote clean energy and climate mitigation/adaptation in China—of particular interest are issues related to cleaner coal, shale gas, power sector reform, electric vehicles, and green buildings.

Water-Energy Nexus. The impact of energy development on water is a relatively under-studied issue in China. Other topics under this theme could touch on water-food-energy challenges, water-conservation initiatives, water and climate, and broader water governance trends.
Water Pollution Challenges. Water pollution accidents and toxic algae blooms have continued to increase in China. The 12th Five-Year Plan will likely increase regulation of water pollutants. Thus, we are interested in insights into not only water quality problems, but also efforts to correct them in the policy, legal, and NGO realms.

II. Spotlights on NGO Activism and Feature Boxes
The China Environment Series always features a rich collection of boxes that provide an inventory of many types of environmental and energy projects underway in China and identify often overlooked environmental issues and initiatives.

Spotlight Boxes: We are seeking proposals from individuals working in NGOs (Chinese or international) in China who can propose an anecdote-rich box that highlights their group's energy or environmental work in China for CES 12. In our last issue we featured International Crane Foundation, Green Eyes, Green Anhui, IFAW, NRDC, Green Stone, and Green Earth Volunteers. We accept submissions of the Spotlight on NGO Activism boxes in Chinese.


Feature Boxes: These boxes are our carte blanche section that succinctly cover a broad range of topics, sometimes focusing on an international organization's environmental or energy work in China (See CES 11 boxes by DFID, Clean Air Task Force, and Center for Climate Strategies) or a short overview of a seldom-reported trend or issue (See CES 11 boxes on investments in China's natural gas sector and green jobs in power sector cooperation).

Please disseminate this call widely! CES 11 can be found here.

Please email proposals for features, commentaries, or boxes to Jennifer L. Turner at and Peter Marsters at by March 15, 2011.

Authors will be given style guidelines after proposals are accepted.

The CEF Team