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China’s Massive Water Problem

This week saw the release of China’s first national water report, covering “river conditions, water conservancy projects, water consumption, river development and management, and water and soil conservation in...

Water Shortages: Desalination vs. Conservation

Seawater desalination may offer a promising supplement to diversion of freshwater to China’s dry north-east, especially as severe droughts in the south place the latter’s basic logic in question. Critics argue,...

Video: A Story of Invisible Water

A 16-minute documentary by Lynn Zhang and Shirley Han Ying kicks off an Asia Society China Green series on China’s South-to-North Water Diversion project. The filmmakers follow a group of farmers who have spent many years...

How Building Shanghai Up is Bringing It Down

At TIME’s Ecocentric blog, Kate Springer discusses the problem of subsidence which, according to a recent government report, affects more than fifty cities and around 50,000 square miles of land across China. The issue is...

Causes & Consequences of Southern Droughts

According to Xinhua, nearly 8 million people and over 4.5 million livestock in 13 provinces suffered from inadequate drinking water as of April 5th. Severe drought, usually a characteristic of the north, increasingly afflicts...

Sinking City Solution: Pump Groundwater Back?

The State Council recently ratified a five-year plan to address the sinking ground levels of over 79,000 square kilometres and more than 50 cities in China, which potentially threaten the stability of everything from high-rise...

Water Is the New Weapon in Beijing’s Armoury

While China’s fondness for epic hydro-engineering projects has enormous repercussions within its own borders, the consequences are further complicated when dams are built upstream of other countries. Hundreds of millions...

Why We Care About the Price of Water in China

At Bloomberg, The Council on Foreign Relations’ Peter Orszag argues for higher water prices in China to encourage efficiency: In Oman, a Middle Eastern desert country where water is scarce, it is understood to be more...

China’s Environmental Report Card

The Guardian’s Jonathan Watts assesses China’s recent environmental performance following the publication of the government’s annual “State of the Environment” report. He gives grades in areas from...

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