Call for Papers for A Special Workshop on Preventing Smog Crises in China and Globally

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Abstracts due MAY 29TH, 2015
Han Shi, Yutao Wang, Jianmin Chen, Donald Huisingh
The document calls for papers (Abstract submission is now closed) to be presented at a Special Workshop on Preventing Smog Crises in China and Globally during the Global Cleaner Production and Sustainable Consumption Conference: Accelerating the Transition to Equitable, Sustainable Post-Fossil-Carbon Societies, to be held in Sitges, near Barcelona, Spain, Nov. 1 – 4, 2015.


The severe smogs in recent year in China were caused, in particular by fine particulate matter referred to as PM2.5.  Those particles have an aerodynamic diameter less than 2.5 μm and therefore, can remain suspended in the atmosphere for a long time. They not only cause serious harm to public health, but also cause massive economic losses in China, India and many other developing countries.

An environmental documentary Under the Dome, produced by investigative journalist, Chai Jing went viral and attracted 200 million views in the first week after it was released on the Internet for free on Feb. 28, 2015. This is a vindication of deeply rooted concerns and anxiety among the average Chinese people and the mass media, about the increasingly frequent smog episodes that blanket the urban landscapes and millions of hectares of the country side as well.

It has become more and more clear that it will take years, if not decades, to comprehensively understand the full economic, social, human health and environmental impacts of these smog episodes, let alone tackling the root-causes of the smog pollution. The lingering wars against the smog and air pollution to be waged by China and other developing countries will certainly benefit from learning the precious knowledge and functional methods that industrialized countries have adopted in their own struggles with smog and air pollution. On the other hand, innovative policy, technological and management methods that have been successfully tested and applied in some developing countries present valuable opportunities of mutual learning and sharing due to the similar socioeconomic development levels, institutional capacity, and financial resources.

This Special Workshop on Preventing Smog Crises in China and Globally was designed to highlight the following distinctive features:
Firstly, instead of relying on pollution control, we stress the vital role of Pollution Prevention’ in waging the long-term battles against air pollution in emerging and underdeveloped economies. More assiduous pursuit and adoption of ‘preventative approaches’ can reduce the trade-offs among economic growth, environmental protection and social justice as well as increase the likelihood of win-win situations.

Secondly, moving beyond the disciplinary approaches towards abating air pollution, we particularly invite papers that draw on ‘interdisciplinary solutions’ and explore the nexuses of environmental science and technology, public health, public policy, urban planning, business management, economics, ethics and ecosystem health for this Special Workshop.

Thirdly, the sole focus upon end-of-pipe treatment of air emissions cannot solve the air pollution challenge in China and emerging countries given their rapid economic growth, exploding urban populations and rising standards of living. Smog and other types of air pollution have to be addressed by pursuing clean development, energy efficiency, renewable energy, green growth, research and development on clean air societies, education and training on making the transition to post-fossil carbon societies, regulatory approaches to stimulate and monitor progress in effecting the needed transitions and sustainable lifestyles. Papers designed to address and ‘prevent the root causes of air pollution,’ by addressing any/all of these topics are welcomed.

Fourthly, the organizing team of this Special Workshop especially welcome comparative research between/among developed countries and developing countries as well as among different developing regions. This type of research can facilitate the knowledge sharing and technology transfer to help to ensure an effective transition to equitable, sustainable, post-fossil-fuel societies in keeping with the ‘Third Industrial Revolution’ proposed by Dr. Jeremy Rifkin (2011).

We invite review papers, methodological papers and case studies, including but are not restricted to the following topical areas:

  1. Ecological and environmental dimensions:
    • Impacts of air pollution on plants, agricultural productivity, and food security;
    • Impacts of air pollution on ecosystem services and ecological responses from natural ecosystems;
    • Urban ecology and its role in air pollution prevention;
    • Sustainable urban and community planning to help to prevent or reduce air pollution at the sources;
    • Sustainable urban transportation to help to reduce air pollution;
    • Transition from a coal-based energy system to a low or no fossil carbon energy system;
    • Transition to a post-fossil carbon economy that is based upon dramatically improved societal energy efficiency, a wide mix of renewable energy sources and alternative life-styles.
  2. Economic and social dimensions
    • Economic, social and ethical assessments of action and inaction in combating smog and other air pollution challenges;
    • Co-benefits or synergies of preventing local/regional air pollution;
    • Development, adoption and assessment of the benefits of preventative approaches to air pollution;
    • Ensure social justice for vulnerable groups to mitigate the negative impacts of air pollution on them and on all of society;
    • Public education and engagement to prevent and/or minimize air pollution in all of its forms and dimensions;
    • Explore the dynamic roles and opportunities of community-based organizations and environmental NGOs in motivating governments, educational and research institutions, and businesses/industries to co-work to develop and implement Cleaner Production systems based totally upon renewable energies.
    • Documenting and publicizing the true short and long-term public health impacts of smog and how they can be prevented;
    • Sustainable lifestyles that help to dramatically reduce the generation of air pollutants at their sources.
  3. Governance and policy dimensions
    • Governance and policy development, implementation and monitoring of the efficacy of the air pollution prevention efforts;
    • Evidence-based policies to prevent or to dramatically reduce air pollution problems at their sources;
    • Developing, testing and implementing a proper mix of policy instruments for preventing or dramatically reducing air pollution at the source;
    • Multi-level governance with combinations of top-down and bottom-up policy interventions designed to promote the transition to post-fossil carbon societies;
    • Policy learning and transfer of lessons learned to accelerate the transition of societies, globally to post-fossil-carbon societies;
    • Lessons learned from developed countries and developing countries in addressing smog pollution in particular and air pollution in general;
    • Leapfrogging over the pollution-intensive economic development stages for developing countries to the economic/technological/ecological approaches that will help societies to transition to post-fossil-energy economies;
    • International cooperation including collaborative research, policy sharing, and technology transfer.

Format and Procedures for Submission of Responses to this Call for Abstracts:

We invite authors to prepare abstracts of 500 words in English in response this Call-for-Papers.

Please submit your abstract(s) via the conference website: /

After the Global Conference, scientific teams of the Global Conference will select the articles to be developed for peer review and for potential publication within one of several Special Volumes of the Journal of Cleaner Production that will be developed based upon outputs from the Global Conference. The organizing team is also exploring the opportunity for publishing all relevant papers in a book in both English and Chinese entitled: On Moving towards an Ecologically Sound Society: With A Special Focus on Preventing Future Smog Crises in China and Globally.

For more information contact:
Dr. Han Shi
Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Prof. Jianmin Chen
School of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan, China
Dr. Yutao Wang
Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity, Shandong University, Jinan, China

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