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InsightOut: Closing the Loop on Wastewater in China

China's mountains of municipal and industrial sludge and lack of rural wastewater treatment sparked Xi Jinping to declare wastewater a major part of his "war on pollution" in 2018. However, treating wastewater and sludge can be an expensive battle to wage and despite passage of the stringent Water Ten Plan in 2015, water quality still has not met anticipated targets in one-third of the country.

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  • The conflicting demand for water, energy and food is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century.  Under Global Choke Point, a collaborative initiative between Circle of Blue and the Wilson Center, CEF has created stories, infographics, videos, and workshops that explore the intensifying confrontation between growing energy demand, food needs, and declining freshwater supplies in China, India, and the United States. Our Choke Point: China work informed the creation of a water-energy track under the landmark 2014 U.S.-China Climate and Clean Energy Agreement. Today, our water-energy work is diving deep into low-carbon urban water solutions in the United States and China.

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  • CEF and the Wilson Center’s Serious Games Initiatives (SGI) are currently developing an educational digital game, The Plastic Pipeline, which will raise public awareness on the plastic product lifecycle and policies as well as consumer actions to slow plastic leakage into the ocean. To address the mounting issue of plastics, this project, partially funded by the National Geographic Society, will target diverse audiences around the globe and extend to related projects on waste management, disposal, and recycling in Asia.

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