In the Hutong
One of the areas I see undergoing major changes because of technology is the recycling industry. I have some strong opinions on the topic, but at the moment, that's all I have, so I'm reading about it rather than writing.
Lori Yalem, and old friend in Los Angeles and a recycling/waste management consultant, pointed me toward two companies who are doing some interesting work in the area - admittedly in North America - who are developing some interesting process for handling e-waste, turning old computers into their component materials to ease recycling and cut down on the material wasted in the process.
I'm still digesting a lot of this, but one of the things that strikes me is how so many of these environmental industries are popping up in parts of the North America largely bypassed by the economic boom of the last decade and a half. Yet another sign that China's rust belt northeast would be a logical place to seed China's own recycling/demanufacturing/remanufacturing and other environment-related sectors.