Choke Point: China Research Briefs

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

INTERACTIVE: Mapping China’s “Dam Rush”

Luan Dong
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.

The Push and Pull for Hydropower in Vietnam and Cambodia

Catherine Beck
This new research brief analyzes the short- and long-term impact of hydropower development in Vietnam and Cambodia, and its relationship with China.

China Begins To Get Serious About Water Conservation

Christina Larson
Award-winning writer Christina Larson documents in a new article the progress China has made in water conservation.

Rock, Metal & Electronic

Luan Dong
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.

Choke Point: U.S.: Water, Energy and the Ohio River Valley's New Course

Keith Schneider
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.

Minegolia Part I: China and Mongolia’s Mining Boom

Clement Huaweilang Dai and David Tyler Gibson
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.
China map west east electricity transfer project

INTERACTIVE: China’s West-East Electricity Transfer Project

David Tyler Gibson
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.

Introducing Global Choke Point

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.

瓶颈:全球水源—粮食—能源危机的最前线

淡水资源短缺,粮食供给波动,能源需求剧增,这三大趋势的碰撞正在扰乱世界各地的经济发展、政府运作及环境健康。与粮食、能源不同,水资源难以再生。人为的浪费、污染及管理不当本已造成水资源的短缺,因气候变化而加剧的旱涝灾害使得粮食和能源的瓶颈变得更为迫切。 复杂的挑战需要全面的分析与创新的对策。威尔逊中心与蓝圈的研究团队正在中国、澳大利亚、美国、印度及其他全球前沿报道水源—粮食—能源的危机。我们最先报道了煤炭行业消耗中国20%的珍贵水资源。

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