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A Global Choke Point Report: China's Water-Energy-Food Roadmap

The water-energy-food nexus is creating a complicated challenge for China and the world. Energy development requires water. Moving and cleaning water requires energy. Food production at all stages—from irrigation to distribution—requires water and energy. As the most populous country and the world’s manufacturing hub, China demands all three resources in ever increasing amounts, leading to shortages that are creating serious choke points to the country’s development. Pressure on water is at the heart of these resource constraints facing China. 

North America's Fossil Fuel Boom: More Risk for Water?

A remarkable and unexpected surge in North America's production of oil and natural gas is reshaping domestic and global energy markets, dropping prices for gasoline, raising employment in the energy and manufacturing sectors, and prompting civic concerns about the risks to water, land, and communities.The continental fossil fuel boom also is directing more attention than ever before to the management, safety, and disruptive changes in the pipeline and rail transport systems that ship oil and gas to market.

Canadian Hydropower Could Lower U.S. Carbon Emissions

Canada generates a majority of its electricity from hydropower and is a global leader in hydroelectricity production. As a result, and in response to increasing domestic demand for clean energy in the United States, Canada is positioned to provide a secure and renewable source of electricity.

The Ripple Effect of Dams and Water Transfer Projects in China

In China no infrastructure project is too big. China has been accelerating dam construction to meet the country’s electricity hunger and calls for low-carbon power. The South-North Water Transfer project’s second canal came online this month shifting water to China’s parched north. At this meeting, Scott Moore (Harvard University/Council on Foreign Relations) will dive into the environmental and development challenges that this  water transfer project is facing.

Could a U.S.-India Climate Deal Be Next?

When news broke that the U.S. had signed a far-reaching climate deal with China, I wondered: Could the U.S. and India reach a similar deal?

While in India this month, I was struck by the poor air quality. Walking around New Delhi sometimes felt like being in a smoky house. The air seemed much worse than what I remembered experiencing in China last year.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner was Interviewed by Vice News on China’s Air Pollution from Coal-burning

A newly released National Resources Defense Council’s report said 670,000 people died in 2012 because of air pollution generated by coal burning in China. CEF Director Jennifer Turner, when commenting the coal-driven air pollution problem in a Vice News report, emphasized the role of the U.S. consumption in driving China's coal use. “Twenty-five percent of China's electricity production goes to making products for export," said Turner. Also, she pointed out the coal-water choke points China is facing.

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