Gansu wind farm

One of the best foreign reporters in China, Jonathan Watts of the Guardian, produced this video report on the North-Western province of Gansu, which is on the frontline of the nation's efforts to invest in renewable energy.

The remote, wind-blasted desert of northwestern Gansu could be the most unloved, environmentally abused corner of China. It is home to the country's first oilfield and several of the coalmines and steel factories that have contributed to China's notoriety as the planet's biggest polluter and carbon dioxide emitter.

But in the past few years, the landscape has started to undergo a transformation as Gansu has moved to the frontline of government efforts to reinvent China's economy with a massive investment in renewable energy.

Watch the video:

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Image © Greenpeace / Markel Redondo