China's rise is assaulting the natural world at an alarming
rate. In a few short years, China has become the planet's largest
market for endangered wildlife, its top importer of tropical trees,
and its biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. Its rapid economic
growth has driven up the world's very metabolism: in Brazil,
farmers clear large swaths of the Amazon to plant soybeans; Indian
poachers hunt tigers and elephants to feed Chinese demand; in the
United States, clouds of mercury and ozone drift earthward after
trans-Pacific jet-stream journeys. Craig Simons' The Devouring
Dragon looks at how an ascending China has rapidly surpassed the
U.S. and Europe as the planet's worst-polluting superpower. It
argues that China's most important 21st-century legacy will be
determined not by jobs, corporate profits, or political alliances,
but by how quickly its growth degrades the global environment and
whether it can stem the damage. Combining in-depth reporting with
wide-ranging interviews and scientific research, The Devouring
Dragon shines a spotlight on how China has put our planet's
forests, wildlife, oceans, and climate in jeopardy, multiplying the
risks for everyone in our burgeoning, increasingly busy
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