June 20, 2019

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Choke Point: China


Choke Point: China, reported by Circle of Blue

Water scarcity, rapid economic growth and soaring energy demand are forming a tightening noose that could choke off China’s modernization.

Underlying China’s new standing in the world, like a tectonic fault line, is an increasingly fierce competition between energy and water that threatens to upend China’s progress. Simply put, say Chinese authorities and government reports, China’s demand for energy, particularly for coal, is outpacing its freshwater supply.

In a dozen chapters - updates posted weekly - Choke Point: China reports in text, photographs and interactive graphics the powerful evidence of the fierce contest between growth, water and fuel that is virtually certain to grow more dire over the next decade.

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