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Our book review of Green China in Hardback by Heather Angel
Title: Green China
Author: Heather Angel
Publisher: Stacey International
Dimensions: 196 pages, 31.4 x 27.4 x 2.2 cm
During the spectacular Olympic opening ceremony, you couldn’t help but sense that a lot more than a celebration of sport was on show – it felt like a sleeping giant had awoken to announce itself on the world stage. With over 22% of the world’s population, China is growing as an economic power never before seen. However, the growth has been so rapid that it has placed considerable strain on the country’s natural environment – some 1,000 new cars appearing on the road every day, for example. China has become more and more aware of the importance of maintaining its natural beauty and unique ecosystem, the details of which are documented in Green China. The book documents biologist, award-winning photographer and WDC-featured Heather Angel’s one-year journey through China. From forests to deserts, wetlands to mountains, China’s vastness means its natural world is without parallel. Bearing this in mind, Angel has undertaken a great deal – spending a year travelling through inhospitable landscapes, documenting them both visually and with the written word, is quite some task. Green China imparts so much information that it often feels as though you’re there with Heather. If you’ve been reading the smog warnings and watching documentaries on the appalling state of China’s inner cities, then this book is the perfect antidote, and truly does justice to an amazing climate and ecosystem.