12th five-year plan

Prices for farmland in the United States are rising as water-strapped countries like China turn to foreign sources for their grain, Forbes reported. China plans to boost its domestic grain production by expanding its man-made rain programs, according to the 12th Five-Year Plan, China Daily reported. Livestock production needs to become more efficient to provide […]

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The Yellow River Basin is the center of a contest over water, energy, and agriculture.

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Will momentum for runaway development be too powerful to restrain?

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A breakdown of previous plans gives context to the newly released 12th Five-Year Plan.

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An earthquake of 8.9. magnitude has hit Japan, triggering devastating tsunami that has swept over the northern part of the country and sent out tsunami alerts in coastal areas throughout the Pacific. Reuters draws parallels between Egypt and Syria, where a water crisis has parched farmlands and plunged 800,000 people into extreme poverty. What else […]

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China Water Energy Sustainable Growth

Clearly wary about the consequences of its rapid economic development on the environment, China has set a path over the next five years to reduce consumption of the two most important resources that power its economy— coal and water. The country plans to rein in water use and introduces new energy intensity reduction targets in pursuit of more sustainable economic growth, according to the draft proposal of the 12th Five-Year Plan, the master economic blueprint that will chart China’s development through 2015.

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Members of South Africa’s Parliament are pushing for the country to wean its dependence on coal-fired power plants and instead invest more in clean energy development, power saving and the nuclear sector. The proposal triggered a debate in Parliament about the country’s future energy portfolio. Water and carbon emissions will be top environmental priorities in […]

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Chinese North-South Transfer Project

Authorities anticipate approval for new western line to tap energy reserves. Sparks and the blue flare of arc welders, like hot stars in the night sky, illuminate the interior of a massive water tunnel that crosses underneath the Yellow River.

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