I had never been to Asia before this trip. When my favorite professor Kristi announced she would be leading a two-week study abroad in China during winter break, I knew I had to go. (Notice how the more foreign the study abroad, the shorter the time-frame becomes). This trip definitely felt short compared to the others, but turned out to be the perfect ending to my international adventures sponsored by UW. We learned that China actually has far more environmental regulation and policy than the U.S. While many Americans think that China is a huge polluter, the U.S. per capita and cumulative carbon dioxide emissions remain far higher. China taught me once again that the rest of the world DOES take environmental degradation seriously – at least acknowledges their existence – and takes steps toward solving the problem.