David and Janet Carle, authors of Traveling the 38th Parallel: A Water Line around the World, are optimistic that China’s recent decision to de-emphasize the pursuit of economic growth above all else will mean positive changes for the environment. During their travels along the 38th Parallel, the Carles experienced firsthand “the serious pollution problems generated by the nation’s recent push to grow, grow, grow.”

Read more at their blog, Parallel Universe 38°N.