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China's Other Looming Choke Point: Food Production

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The Yellow River Basin is the center of a contest over water, energy, and agriculture.
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China Responds to Explosive Growth, Pollution, and Water Scarcity in Latest Five-Year Plan

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Will momentum for runaway development be too powerful to restrain?

Infographic: Successes and Failures of China's Five-Year Plans (1996 -2010)

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

The Stream, March 11: Japan Earthquake

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An earthquake of 8.9. magnitude has hit Japan, triggering devastating…
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Focusing on Sustainable Growth — China Releases Draft of 12th Five-Year Plan

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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.

The Stream, March 3: South Africa's Energy Mix

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Members of South Africa's Parliament are pushing for the country…

A Dry and Anxious North Awaits China’s Giant, Unproven Water Transport Scheme

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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.