Published Nov. 11, 2019 9:30 AM

This article, by Edwin Schmitt and Hongtao Li, draws from an empirical case study of the use of truthiness and obfuscation during an environmental protest in China, to help highlight the complex issues that political ecology faces in the Post-Truth Era. By drawing on empirical data from social media and local interviews, this article documents rising social tensions associated with air pollution and the recent construction of a petroleum refinery outside of Chengdu. The article notes how historical precedent and the obfuscating of environmental information by government officials provided the conditions that led to residents presenting a selection of facts or even false information to support truth-claims that in turn supported their protest against the refinery. 

Published in Journal of Political Ecology, vol. 26, 2019, pp. 579-598

Published Oct. 1, 2019 2:06 PM

Does air pollution spur more popular desire for local environmental protection policies, and are there class differences? New article by Airborne's Ph.d student, Hedda Flatø, in upcoming special issue on Information, Technology, and Digitalization in China’s Environmental Governance.

Published Jan. 10, 2018 9:32 PM

Kristin Aunan, Mette Halskov Hansen, Zhaohui Liu and Shuxiao Wang have co-written the introduction to a special issue on «The Human Dimensions of Air Pollution in China».