Is China a beacon of the environmental future – or a reminder of its past? What are we to think, when in the same conversation, we hear that the country is building one new coal plant a week – at the same time that it is churning out wind turbines faster than any other country on the planet?
I hope to find out during an eight-day trip I begin later this morning. I'm heading first to Beijing to meet with environmental groups there who are trying to clean up manufacturing and promote renewable energy. In particular, I'm hoping to meet with representatives at Greenpeace who have been studying the impact of manufacturing on Asia's air and water. I also hope to connect with researchers at the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs – they're intensely involved in research and policy efforts to reduce pollution in China's waterways and green manufacturing along the way.
Along the way, I'll report back to you on what I'm seeing and hearing.
What would you most like to know?