Xilinhot — an Inner Mongolian outpost of 177,000 residents, separated from Beijing by a 12-hour train ride — is at the center of the Xilin Gol Grassland, one of China’s largest prairies and livestock production regions. The north’s coal mines, trucks, and power plants are representative of the nation’s coal dependency, a lifeline with an insatiable thirst for water
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About J. Carl Ganter
J. Carl Ganter is co-founder and director of Circle of Blue, the internationally recognized center for original frontline reporting, research, and analysis on resource issues with a focus on the intersection between water, food, and energy.
Entries by J. Carl Ganter
Along the vast frozen grasslands, 23-year-old Wu Yun and her father, Bao Zhu, tend their flock of sheep and cattle. Just over the ridge, the northern city of Xilinhot is booming as the coal industry continues to expand. But it will take a lot of water to feed both the city and the mining.
Pure Michigan campaign highlights Circle of Blue headquarters city, Traverse City.
From Voice of America: Cities and provinces along the Yangtze River in central China are grappling with the country’s worst drought in more than 50 years. Resource analysts say the drought highlights not only the impact of climate change, but also China’s persistent problem of water scarcity and how it must balance that with the […]
The farm sector and the coal sector together made up 85 percent of water used in China last year. These photos take a look at the people and places affected by rising energy demand, accelerating modernization, and diminishing freshwater resources.
From the Michigan Daily: Members of the world’s two largest energy-consuming countries met at the University [of Michigan] this weekend to discuss and highlight progress in global sustainability and green technology. … J. Carl Ganter, director and co-founder of Circle of Blue — a group of journalists, scientists and data engineers working to fix the […]
A gallery of images from Beijing and neighboring Hebei Province, where the capital city is importing water from farmers and fishermen.
Images from northern China, where a proposed pipeline could be the answer to a resource mismatch of coal wealth and water poverty.
Sarah Boswell reports for the Ball State Daily News : J. Carl Ganter is chasing a news story that’s not on anybody else’s radar — the scarcity of water in China, which could soon stifle its gross domestic product and economic success. The multimedia journalist and co-founder of Circle of Blue spoke about international issues […]
Will Rogers of the Center for a New American Security writes: Last month, Circle of Blue reported on the cascading effect that China’s energy demand is having on water scarcity. “Underlying China’s new standing in the world is an increasingly fierce competition between energy and water that threatens to upend China’s progress,” Circle of Blue’s […]
The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan highlights “Choke Point: China” in The Daily Dish. “The story has some amazing stats,” Sullivan notes.
Elizabeth Economy writes for the Council on Foreign Relations: While China’s economy continues to grab headlines, a new report, “Choke Point: China,” suggests that we ought to be spending a bit more time on an often-ignored economic fundamental: water. China’s environment has been a long-standing passion of mine, both as a research focus and as […]