Choke Point China Research
As part of CEF-Circle of Blue joint Choke Point: China initiative, these research briefs seek to discover the water-food-energy crises in and around China. This project is made possible by Skoll Global Threats Fund, Energy Foundation, China Sustainable Energy Program, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, U.S. Agency for International Development, and Vermont Law School.
Issues in this Series
The water-energy-food choke point is forcing a new reckoning. Three colliding trends—declining freshwater reserves, booming energy demand, and uncertain grain supplies—are disrupting economies, governments, and environments around the world. As the world’s most populous country and biggest energy consumer, China’s energy, food, and environmental security is threatened as it hits these choke points. How Chinese policymakers deal with these water-energy-food confrontations will have significant domestic and global consequences.
The China Environment Forum is proud to introduce our second interactive infographic: a map of China’s “dam rush” in its southwest region. The map depicts the impressive scale of the country’s dam build-up to tap the hydropower potential of the rich river systems in the southwest.
This new research brief analyzes the short- and long-term impact of hydropower development in Vietnam and Cambodia, and its relationship with China.
Award-winning writer Christina Larson documents in a new article the progress China has made in water conservation.
China's southwest Yunnan Province lies at the center of Beijing's "Go West" campaign. The province's hydropower, mining, and metallurgy industries, while a boon for the local economy in the short-term, are creating a vicious cycle that pollutes Yunnan’s air and water and threatens the ecosystem in this biodiverse-rich province.
This new paper updates the findings of our 2010 Choke Point: U.S. report, which identified the Southwest, Great Plains, and Southeast as the regions at greatest risk of shortages of energy and water. A special focus of this paper is to explore energy production and water supply in Ohio and its neighboring Ohio River Valley states. The development of natural gas and natural gas liquids from deep shale is reshaping long-standing trends in the region’s energy mix, water consumption and treatment patterns, greenhouse gas emissions, and economy.
This new CEF research brief examines the growing water-energy confrontation in Mongolia linked to foreign direct investment, particularly from China. The dilemma facing Mongolia’s policymakers is how to balance economic development and environmental sustainability with an expanding conflict over water allocation between people and industry.
CEF is proud to announce that we are launching our first interactive infographic – a map of China’s West-East Electricity Transfer Project. The map underscores China’s energy and water imbalances and the looming choke point China faces in terms of water, food, and energy security. The map also illustrates how consumer goods made in China’s factories along its eastern coast are powered by coal and hydropower in the country’s western provinces.
The Woodrow Wilson Center and Circle Blue’s Choke Point work goes global. In November 2010, the Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum and Circle of Blue launched the Choke Point: China research and reporting initiative. The partners subsequently produced a rich collection of stories, photos and infographics that examined how energy development is impacting China’s vulnerable water resources and food production. In the next phase of Choke Point: China, CEF has created a team of U.S. and Chinese water and energy experts to hold dialogues in Beijing in August 2013 to discuss possible solutions to China’s growing water-food-energy confrontations and opportunities for US-China cooperation.