What It's Like to Watch China's Environment Disintegrate Firsthand

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An interview with journalist Sean Gallagher

Beijing-based videographer and photographer Sean Gallagher has been documenting China's environmental problems from various perspectives since 2006 -- covering everything from wetland disappearance, desertification, air pollution, to endangered species like the giant panda. Often backed by Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Gallagher has raised awareness about the global impact of China's rapid development.

Gallagher points to China's desertification problem, which parallels similar issues in North Africa and Australia, as one example of a topic he's covered that resonates worldwide. "These are issues affecting everybody and it's incredibly important that we realize the impact we are having on our ecosystems and bio-diversity."

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The multimedia profile above encompasses the wide range of Gallagher's reporting in photography and video, and offers a personal account of what it's like to be a freelance journalist in China.

This article originally appeared at Asia Society, an Atlantic partner site.

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Shreeya Sinha is an award-winning Journalist, Multimedia Producer and Social Media Editor for Asia Society. She was raised in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and India.

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