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About Jonathan Watts
Jonathan Watts is Latin America correspondent for The Guardian. He was formerly Asia environment correspondent and president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China.
Watts' multimedia career includes seven years in Japan, five trips to North Korea, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and Beijing Olympics and the 2011 Tohoku tsunami. He has lived in London, Manchester, Tokyo, Beijing and now Rio de Janeiro, contributing also at times to the BBC, CNN, Mother Jones, Christian Science Monitor, South China Morning Post, Daily Yomiuri and Asahi Shimbun.
For more information about his book and related multimedia: http://site.whenabillionchinesejump.com
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When a Billion Chinese Jump tells the story of China's - and the world's - biggest crisis. With foul air, filthy water, rising temperatures and encroaching deserts, China is already suffering an environmental disaster. Now it faces a stark choice: either accept catastrophe, or make radical changes.
Traveling the vast country to witness this environmental challenge, Jonathan Watts moves from mountain paradises to industrial wastelands, examining the responses of those at the top of society to the problems and hopes of those below. At heart his book is not a call for panic, but a demonstration that - even with the crisis so severe, and the political scope so limited - the actions of individuals can make a difference.
Consistently attentive to human detail, Watts vividly portrays individual lives in a country all too often viewed from outside as a faceless state. No reader of his book - no consumer in the world - can be unaffected by what he presents.