The Stream, October 27: China’s Desalination Plans

A program in California’s Imperial Valley offers farmers money to keep their land fallow and divert water to thirsty cities like San Diego, Los Angeles and Palm Springs, The New York Times reported.

Drought and water pollution are creating a nightmare scenario worldwide, according to, which attempts to summarize the main dimensions of the global freshwater crisis.

China plans to dominate the United States in smart grid investments just as it has with renewables, according to Climate Progress.

China takes loss to become one of the world’s biggest growth markets for desalinated water, The New York Times reported. Though the water costs twice as much to produce as it sells for, the government-run Beijiang Power and Desalination Plant is moving to quadruple its desalinating capacity.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released its latest annual energy review. In 2010, the U.S. produced 75 quadrillion BTUs of energy and consumed 98 quadrillion BTUs.

Why are many local lenders in China’s mining boomtown of Ordos running away?

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