Journalist, Asia Environment Correspondent,
Embassy of Mexico
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Jonathan Watts will discuss his new book, When a Billion Chinese Jump: How China Will Save Mankind – or Destroy It—a down and dirty look at China’s environmental challenges and a bird’s eye perspective on why they are different from anything experienced by other countries during a similar stage of development. Drawing on more than 200 interviews with senior politicians, scientists, businessmen and individuals the length and breadth of the country, Watts considers four questions: How has environmental destruction become the new China threat? Why are history and geography conspiring against China? Is scientific development turning red China green? Which values offer the greatest potential for future growth?
Jonathan Watts is the first Asia Environment Correspondent for The Guardian and a former president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China. He is author of When a Billion Chinese Jump, an environmental travelogue that will be published by Faber in July. Traversing 100,000 kilometres, the book traces the course of China’s development from coal mines and cancer villages to eco-cities and science labs.
Watts’ multimedia career includes seven years in Japan, five trips to North Korea, the 2000 G8 summit, the 2002 World Cup, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, and work for CNN, BBC, TV Tokyo, Mother Jones, South China Morning Post and Asahi Shimbun. After taking up his current post in 2009, he has covered the Copenhagen Climate Conference, the Boao Forum, renewable energy and more rubbish dumps than he cares to remember.