The Devouring Dragon: How China's Rise Threatens Our Natural World

The Devouring Dragon: How China's Rise Threatens Our Natural World

by Craig Simons
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The Devouring Dragon: How China's Rise Threatens Our Natural World by Craig Simons

A pioneering, investigative look at China's devastating effect on the world's environment and the future of life on Earth


China is transforming our natural world at an alarming rate. It is the world's largest market for endangered wildlife, poached from India and Africa. It is the top importer of tropical timber, harvested illegally in Indonesia. In Brazil, farmers clear large swaths of the Amazon rainforest to meet Chinese demand for soybean oil and beef.  In the U.S., toxic levels of mercury originating from Chinese power plants have polluted a third of American lakes and nearly a quarter of its rivers.

Craig Simons's new book, The Devouring Dragon, looks at how China, in its ascendance, has become the world's worst polluting superpower, creating a devastating environmental impact worldwide. Simons argues that China's most significant impacts over the twenty-first century will be not only on jobs, corporate profits and political alliances, but also on our natural world. The Devouring Dragon combines in-depth reporting with wide-ranging interviews, scientific research, and travel to some of the most beautiful places on earth. It amply demonstrates the urgency of the issue and also hope for the future. With the Obama administration placing China among its top three foreign policy priorities, Craig Simons argues eloquently for ways in which the United States and China can forge a new era of cooperation, support emerging environmental groups within China,  and begin to ensure a sustainable future for the planet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312581763
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.48(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

CRAIG SIMONS has reported on the environment from twelve Asian nations for Newsweek and Cox Newspapers. He has also written for Outside, Backpacker, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Last year he was one of twelve journalists to win a prestigious Knight Fellowship from MIT. He lives in China.

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kalevala More than 1 year ago
Excellent and upsetting book addressing the damage waged on the natural world by the industrial expansion and demands of new money in China. Well written, fast paced, with excellent citations/references at end. Includes: pollution, deforestation of rainforests, endangered precious woods and animal habitat; pressure to kill endangered elephants, tigers, rhinos for ornamentation and medicine-probably driving to extinction. Addresses climate change and the huge amounts of CO2 being pumped into the atmosphere from coal fired industries. All current headline material. Indicates that China may be the tipping point regarding the earth's rich environment. A frightening look into the possible future of our planet.