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China Turns Profit From Coal-to-liquid Fuels Production, May Expand Controversial Program

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Though China suspended most of its coal-to-liquid fuels refineries in 2008 due to concerns for scarce water resources and high production costs, recent financial gains may lead it to reconsider its policy.
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China to Cap Energy Use by 2015 in National Low-Carbon Plan

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The energy target will be the highlight of a document to come later this year, as well as a cornerstone of China's efforts to curb soaring greenhouse gas emissions, which currently stand at a quarter of the global total. Cutting coal consumption will inevitably also cut water use, as coal is China's largest industrial user of water.

Photo Slideshow: Food and Farmers — China's Other Challenge

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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.
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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.

The Stream, March 24: India-Pakistan Water Disputes

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A 330-megawatt dam under construction in the Indus River Basin…

New Wind and Solar Sectors Won't Solve China's Water Scarcity

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Clean alternatives help, but not nearly enough, to loosen energy-water choke point