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When A Billion Chinese Jump: How China Will…

When A Billion Chinese Jump: How China Will Save Mankind -- Or Destroy It (2010)

by Jonathan Watts

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This book, which is full of detail and insight, is written in a really engagning and personal way. An enjoyable and thought-provoking read. ( )
  michdubb | Jul 10, 2011 |
Great title (though the subtitle is superfluous) with an even greater subject: the carbon-fueled industrialization of the developing world, of which China is only the harbinger. ( )
1 vote TomWaitsTables | Feb 25, 2011 |
Sort of backed up what I knew in a general sense. Contained many details about the terrible damage to the environment and animals numbers that happened during the great leap forward, and the large scale development and pollution that has gone on over the last 20 years.

I get a sense that things are starting to turn around but there is stiil a massive way to go. Eg China has strong environment protection laws, but 90% are ignored.

The green developments appear small and or symbolic, outweighted by the ongoing developemts and continued growth in coal power and industry.

I get the sense that the real truth will become known in around 5 years time.

Hopefully China will make those Green Moon shots and help lead the way to a better world before it is too late. A lot of the Western world seems to be dragging their feet. ( )
1 vote andersondotau | Jan 8, 2011 |
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The Asia environmental correspondent for the "Guardian" delivers a fascinating, frontline account of the current environmental crisis in China, exploring how Beijing is balancing economic growth with sustainability and whether China will "emerge as the world's first green superpower" or tip our species "over the environmental precipice."… (more)

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