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date: 24 April 2017

Climate Change Communication in Hong Kong and Taiwan

This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science. Please check back later for the full article.

Taiwan and Hong Kong are similar in their determination to combat climate change. Not only do they set up objectives about carbon emission reduction, Taiwan and Hong Kong also actively enact laws and policies to facilitate the achievement of the goals. However, these two regions differ in several aspects about how and why they act upon the issue. First, Taiwan’s effort to reduce carbon emission is voluntary in nature, with the goal of gaining international recognition, whereas Hong Kong is obliged to engage in carbon reduction due to its subordinate status to the People’s Republic of China. Second, while Taiwan tries to reduce its reliance on nuclear power as a source of energy, Hong Kong sees it as a useful way to cut down on carbon emissions. Third, Taiwan has established new, specialized governmental institutions to integrate resources, whereas efforts taken by Hong Kong are based mainly on existing government agencies. In terms of public opinion about climate change, Taiwanese are much more concerned about the issue and possess a higher level of knowledge compared with their counterparts in Hong Kong.