Choke Point: China, reported by Circle of Blue
Water scarcity, rapid economic growth and soaring energy demand are forming a tightening noose that could choke off China’s modernization.
Underlying China’s new standing in the world, like a tectonic fault line, is an increasingly fierce competition between energy and water that threatens to upend China’s progress. Simply put, say Chinese authorities and government reports, China’s demand for energy, particularly for coal, is outpacing its freshwater supply.
In a dozen chapters - updates posted weekly - Choke Point: China reports in text, photographs and interactive graphics the powerful evidence of the fierce contest between growth, water and fuel that is virtually certain to grow more dire over the next decade.
- Choke Point: China - Confronting Water Scarcity and Energy Demand in the World’s Fastest Growing Industrial Economy
- New Wind and Solar Sectors Won’t Solve China’s Water Scarcity
- A Dry and Anxious North Awaits China’s Giant Water Transport Scheme
- Water rights transfers and high-tech power plants hold off energy-water clash in northern China
- China Responds to Explosive Growth, Pollution and Water Scarcity in Latest Five-Year Plan
- China’s Mammoth Plan to Double Hydropower Generation by 2020
- Water Pipeline Could Open China’s Northern Coal Fields
- Q&A: Ma Jun on China’s Economic Development and Water Resources
- Circle of Blue’s China Tour Finds Strong Reception for Water-Energy Choke Point Warning
- Water Needs Curtail China’s Coal Gasification to Fuel Program, But Conversion To Chemicals Pushes Ahead
- Off the Deep End - Beijing’s Water Demand Outpaces Supply Despite Conservation, Recycling and Imports
- China’s Other Looming Choke Point: Food Production
- Rains Bring Relief for Six-month China Drought, But Chronic Water Problems Loom
- Energy Economy Brings Change to Shepherd Life: Modernization Comes to the Dry Grasslands of Inner Mongolia
- Double Choke Point: Demand for Energy Tests Water Supply and Economic Stability in China and the U.S.