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As a young child, Jonathan Watts believed if everyone in China jumped at the same time, the earth would be shaken off its axis, annihilating mankind. Now, more than thirty years later, as a correspondent for The Guardian in Beijing, he has discovered it is not only foolish little boys who dread a planet-shaking leap by the world’s most populous nation.


When a Billion Chinese Jump
is a road journey into the future of our species. Traveling from the mountains of Tibet to the deserts of Inner Mongolia via the Silk Road, tiger farms, cancer villages, weather-modifying bases, and eco-cities, Watts chronicles the environmental impact of economic growth with a series of gripping stories from the country on the front line of global development. He talks to nomads and philosophers, entrepreneurs and scientists, rural farmers and urban consumers, examining how individuals are trying to adapt to one of the most spectacular bursts of change in human history, then poses a question that will affect all of our lives: Can China find a new way forward or is this giant nation doomed to magnify the mistakes that have already taken humanity to the brink of disaster?
Published: Scribner on Oct 26, 2010
ISBN: 9781439141939
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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.read more
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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.read more
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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.read more
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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.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
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.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This book, which is full of detail and insight, is written in a really engagning and personal way. An enjoyable and thought-provoking read.
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