madpen's journal

Visiting the Wuli “Cancer Village” featured in The Atlantic

Today, along with Qiantang River Waterkeeper, Donna and I visited Wuli Village, the “cancer village” featured in many of The Atlantic’s ‘China’s Toxic Water’ photo essay on March 22nd. We … Continue reading

March 26, 2013 · 3 Comments

A Museum in Hangzhou That Belongs in Every City in the World

It is rare that I come across a place that makes me think, “The world would be a better place if this existed everywhere.” The Low-Carbon Science and Technology Museum … Continue reading

March 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

China’s Coal-Water Nexus

A few days ago in Beijing, Donna and I, along with colleagues from Pacific Environment, met with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Greenpeace, and the Institute of Public and … Continue reading

March 24, 2013 · 3 Comments

Death by Chinese Air

As you may have read, air pollution in major Chinese cities now causes more deaths per year than car accidents. And no, driving skills have not improved. Air pollution is one … Continue reading

March 21, 2013 · 2 Comments

Avoiding Chinese “Harmonization” in 2013

This blog is blocked within China. In fact, all WordPress blogs cannot be accessed with a normal internet connection within China. is just one of hundreds of websites that … Continue reading

March 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

Charles goes to Asia… Again!

After several weeks of stressful preparation, I am off to the Far East again: this time on a 45-day work assignment through 8 cities in China, then onto Bangladesh, Nepal … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 1 Comment


I wrote this poem shortly before settling down in NYC after months on the go. Will I stay for long? Let’s hope so. Though it’s freedom pure Lived on impulse, … Continue reading

October 14, 2012 · Leave a comment