Int Econ Econ Policy (2017) 14:377–382 DOI 10.1007/s10368-017-0388-0 EDITORIAL Resource efficiency, circular economy and sustainability dynamics in China and OECD countries 1 2 3 Paul Welfens & Raimund Bleischwitz & Yong Geng Published online: 30 June 2017 Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017 1 Introduction Progress in the areas of sustainability and a circular economy is quite important for Europe, China and most other countries in the world economy: Putting a focus on resource efficiency and a circular economy offers a bottom-up indus- trial perspective on sustainability dynamics that could in fact become a new engine of green growth worldwide. Global climate policy reached an international consensus at the Paris Climate Conference in 2015. It also reflects shifting responsibilities from international commitments towards coordinating nationally determined contributions. Howev- er, progress is at risk after US President Trump’s declaration of intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. In fact, any international cooperation with the current US administration on climate policy appears rather difficult. Fur- thermore, the Trump administration seems to enter a conflict with the US scientific community. Most US climate researchers are apparently not support- ive of a position visible in the Trump administration according to which industrialization and human behavior
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