The competing demands in Yunnan province bring into question the sustainability of China’s development paradigm and the country’s environmental security.
China’s soaring economy, fueled by an unyielding appetite for coal, is threatened by the country's steadily diminishing freshwater reserves. The United States faces similar water-energy confrontations—over millions of gallons of water are taken from ranchers to develop the deep oil and gas shale reserves of the west and there are battles between Georgia and Florida over diminishing drinking water reserves. Global Choke Point, though, is not necessarily a narrative of doom and gloom. The presentations will examine both the challenges and opportunities presented by these looming choke points.
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.
Wang discussed China’s environmental regulations and the government’s response to climate change. He said that while the government has taken steps to mitigate pollution, far more work needs to be done.
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Nearly 70 percent of water withdrawn in China is for agriculture, while 20 percent is withdrawn to mine, process, and consume coal.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.