We are excited to announce that our partner, Circle of Blue, is launching a partnership with Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory's Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies (LIGTT) to create Choke Point: Index, an innovative synthesis of on-the-ground reporting, analysis, polling, and open-source data technologies to focus on the United States, Canada, India, and other water-stressed regions.
Bloomberg Businessweek recently published an article inspired by and citing work done by the China Environment Forum on the West-East Electricity Transfer Project.
Waste related to animals, the article quotes, made up about 90 percent of organic pollutants in China’s water.
Business Insider interviewed CEF Director Jennifer Turner for the article, "Pollution is Costing China's Economy More than $100 Billion a Year."
On March 5 at 11 am EST, CEF Director Jennifer Turner appeared on National Public Radio’s (NPR) The Diane Rehm Show to discuss the public health and economic costs associated with China's pollution.
Nearly 70 percent of water withdrawn in China is for agriculture, while 20 percent is withdrawn to mine, process, and consume coal. By 2020, China’s water use — driven in large part by the 30 percent expected increase in coal-fired power production — will increase dramatically.
On February 12, CEF Director Dr. Jennifer Turner spoke on CCTV English's BizAsia America about China's smog problems, discussing both the challenges and accomplishments in China's policymakers attempt to reduce air pollution.
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.
Yunnan is a microcosm of the intertwined challenges facing China; climate change, strained water resources, and rising energy and food demand to meet the demands of the world’s largest country are together forming a Choke Point that cannot be ignored. In a striking example of one such growing water-energy-food choke point, Yunnan's Nuozhadu Dam on the Mekong River is located in Pu'er, the epicenter of Yunnan's coffee growing boom. Yunnan's looming threats of drought, dams, development, and deforestation are making the need for sustainable water practices, like those in Starbucks' C.A.F.E. Practices, all the more urgent.
On February 6, CEF Director Dr. Jennifer Turner, and Dr. Joanna Lewis of Georgetown University appeared on the U.S.-China Policy Foundation‘s (USCPF) show, China Forum, discussing China’s energy usage and its impact on the environment.