Barbara Finamore

Senior Strategic Director, Asia, at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Barbara Finamore’s work focuses on climate and clean energy, paying specific attention to China, its impacts and solutions. Finamore founded NRDC’s China program, focusing on climate, clean energy, environmental protection, and urban solutions in China. Before joining NRDC, she worked for the United Nations Development Programme, the Center for International Environmental Law, and the U.S. Departments of Justice and the Interior. In 2017, Finamore was named a member of Foreign Policy’s The U.S.-China 50, a group of 50 individuals who are powering one of the world's most complex and consequential relationships. Her most recent book, Will China Save the Planet?,  discusses the potential for China to lead a global clean energy revolution, even as the country faces fundamental economic and political challenges. Finamore holds a JD from Harvard Law School and is based in the Boston area.

Podcast Guest Appearances

Will China Save the Planet?

Chinese factories churn out parts and products that end up in our cars, our kitchens and our cell phones. And all that productivity has improved the lives of its citizens, many of whom can now afford cars and cell phones of their own. It’s also made China the global leader in carbon emissions. But in her new book, “Will China Save the Planet,” Barbara Finamore says that China may well take the lead in saving the world from environmental catastrophe. How? By phasing out coal and investing in green energy to power its factories and keep its cities moving.