Recycling the Dream.

Sunday’s South China Morning Post had a story about an array of rumors which are driving people from the countryside into Guangdong Province’s thriving recycling industry [subscriber only]. The essence is here: Zhang Wulong is an unlikely looking bounty hunter. A gawky 19-year-old in a shabby T-shirt and jeans, his face still bears the marks…

Take a Very Deep Breath.

Two years ago, on assignment in China’s Sichuan Province, I was stuck in a traffic jam caused by smog so thick that visibility was reduced to ten meters – at best (to my dismay, that would not be the last time). It was mid-afternoon, and I was seated next to an American scientist with more…

Circular Economy, Explained.

Since 2004, the highest levels of the Chinese government have emphasized the need for China to develop something called a Circular Economy. Like many passive observers of China’s environmental policies, I assumed that the term was really just a poor translation for sustainable development. How wrong I was. On Wednesday, I attended a speech delivered…