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Adam Minter is an American writer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he serves as a columnist for Bloomberg View. From 2002 to 2014, he lived and wrote in Shanghai, China, where he focused on a range of topics, including Chinese politics, the environment, business, and religion. His work has been published in a range of publications, including The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Sierra, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, National Geographic, The National Interest, Mother Jones, and others.

Minter's first book, Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion Dollar Trash Trade, is an insider's account of the global waste and recycling industry. Minter is a widely-cited expert on the global trade in recyclables, and he has lectured on the topic around the world.

Last Updated: February 26, 2015

Environment

03.04.15

Clearing Skies

Adam Minter from Sierra Club
After dark is when the pollution arrives on the outskirts of Shanghai. On a bright night, when moonlight refracts through the smog, you can see black clouds of soot pouring out of small workshop smokestacks silhouetted against the sky. In case you...

Sinica Podcast

04.25.14

Trash Talk with Adam Minter

Jeremy Goldkorn & Adam Minter from Sinica Podcast
Anyone living in China doubtless has a sense of the unholy number of people who seem to be involved in the trash trade here, and who will ferret away everything from your cardboard boxes to plastic bottles faster than you can unpack them or consume...

Sinica Podcast

05.07.10

Dimensions of China’s Soft Power

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn & more from Sinica Podcast
The Beijing Olympics, the Shanghai Expo, the hundreds of Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms, and Beijing’s new English-language satellite news networks are all part of a grand Chinese soft power push: an effort to win the world through...

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As the smog that has choked Shanghai for much of the last week reached hazardous levels, the city’s environmental authority adjusted standards downward to ensure that there won’t be so many frequent  air-quality alerts.

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11.11.13

The son and grandson of scrap metalists, reporter Adam Minter traveled throughout the world to investigate how what we discard—and reuse—helps drive the global economy. 

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09.11.13

China’s poultry processors have no intention of meeting U.S. food-safety standards. That may explain why the U.S. Department of Agriculture waited until just before the long weekend to announce that it had ended a ban on Chinese chicken imports. 

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Thriving microblogging culture has become China’s de facto town square. But as more alleged rumors and critical commenters are quieted or deleted this center of civil society becomes a less interesting place to visit. 

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