Much of China’s water is so contaminated that it should not even be touched, yet tremendous amounts of the grains, vegetables, and fruits that are served in homes and restaurants, as well as textiles that are sold in markets, are irrigated with untreated industrial wastewater.
China has done an “admirable” job of moving coal-fired power plants out of Beijing, Jennifer Turner tells Voice of America. But “they already had a lot of coal plants, and they have been building more.”
CEF is proud to announce that our Director, Dr. Jennifer Turner will be speaking at an event on Thursday, January 24, 2013 held by Asia Society and the Brookings Institution entitled Water: Asia’s New Battleground. Dr. Turner will be joining Brahma Chellaney, professor at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, to discuss the water security challenges facing Asian nations, with a particular focus on China and India.
Shale gas development promises to help resolve the confrontation between rising demand for energy and declining freshwater reserves, along with other potentially huge benefits, not the least of which is to the environment. But of all the big national projects that China has taken on in the last two decades, adding unconventional domestic sources of natural gas to the fuel supply has eluded China.
Choke Point: China is a collection of on-the-ground reporting that uses text, photographs, and interactive graphics to illustrate the potentially devastating confrontation between economic growth and the demands for water and energy – a crisis that is already manifesting across the world’s most populous country and is certain to grow more urgent over the next decade as China continues to develop. This video made by our parter Circle of Blue outlines China's water, energy, and food challenges.
This past Tuesday, November 27th, the China Environment Forum welcomed Ms. Jingjing Liu, Mr. Bob Pervical, and Ms. Jessica Scott to join us for a discussion about Chinese Public Interest Law cases on environmental protection.
The Wilson Center's China Environment Forum is proud to announce that we have recently published two new research briefs that examine air pollution monitoring and China's waste challenges, by CEF Summer Research Assistants Abi Barnes and Tara Sun Vanacore, respectively. Both briefs feature original, in-depth research and analysis, and they are available in CEF's publications section.
The Woodrow Wilson Center's China Environment Forum and Circle of Blue have been working on the next part of the Choke Point: China series with support from Skoll Global Threats Fund. Over the next several weeks, in infographics, photographs, and comprehensive articles, Choke Point: China Part II will examine the extraordinary measures that China is taking to shift the geography and production practices in its agriculture and energy sectors to provide adequate supplies of food, fossil fuels, and fresh water over the next decade.