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Improved Outlook for Himalayan Water Supply

Ars Technica’s Scott K. Johnson reports that the effects of retreating Himalayan glaciers on China’s rivers this century may be fairly limited, offering some rare respite from a stream of bad news about the...

China’s Hard Long Slog

At his Sinostand blog, Economic Observer’s Eric Fish argues that China faces bigger dangers than an economic crash: namely, severe water shortages and pollution, and an aging and gender-imbalanced population. I try to be...

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...

China’s Ragtag Shale Army Far from Revolution

China’s vast estimated shale gas reserves may hold the eventual promise of lower-carbon energy—at least compared with the country’s current diet of coal—and freedom from the need to secure oil supplies from the...

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,...

China Strains to Satisfy Growing Demand for Meat

For the Center for Investigative Reporting, PRI’s Mary Kay Magistad reports on the economic and political implications of China’s rising demand for meat, with China now producing and consuming half the world’s...

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...

Quenching China’s Thirst for Water

As world population swells and the threats of climate change become increasingly prominent, freshwater resource security is a growing concern around the world. Rapid urbanization and industrialization in countries like China...

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