China Environment Publications
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.
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.
Every year, China generates 250 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW), or one quarter of the world’s total annual waste.To help deal with this problem, 155 incineration facilities currently operate in China, with an expected 300 facilities to be online by 2015. However, these plants vary drastically in their ability to control pollution and toxic waste from China’s incinerators is occasionally dumped into ponds or landfilled, belying the clean and renewable image promoted by the government. For citizens troubled by a lack of information from the government about incineration plants before and during construction, NGOs and grassroots organizations serve to fill the gap as sources of information, legal services, and advice.
Launched in July 2012, FLOAT Beijing—a community art project that utilizes citizen science—offers a simple, innovative, and non-confrontational approach to air quality monitoring: kites. Pioneered by two U.S. graduate students, the project tracks air pollutants using air sensor modules attached to kites.
Sustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy provides a governmental and private-sector overview of the complex dynamics of competition and cooperation behind U.S. and Chinese national efforts to develop their solar, wind, and other alternative energy industries. It assesses systemic differences in clean energy policy between the United States and China and identifies areas of congruence as well as disparity.