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Water Woes and Worries in China

by Elizabeth C. Economy Monday, April 5, 2010

One of the big stories in China right now is the serious water scarcity plaguing much of the country. While China often confronts serious seasonal droughts—last year northern China experienced the worst winter drought in 50 years, costing the region 50 percent of its agricultural output—this year’s drought has hit even the typically water-rich southern provinces. According to one report, 600 rivers in southern China have simply dried up.


A farmer and his horse walk on a dry reservoir bed in the drought-hit Luliang County of Qujing, Yunnan province March 22, 2010. (Courtesy of Reuters/Stringer)

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Carbon Capture and Storage Ramps Up in the United States and South Korea

by Guest Blogger for Scott A. Snyder Thursday, April 1, 2010
Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) announced last fall it would spend 1.3 trillion won ($1.1 billion) by 2020 on Carbon Capture and Storage (You Sung-ho/Courtesy Reuters). Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) announced last fall it would spend 1.3 trillion won ($1.1 billion) by 2020 on Carbon Capture and Storage (You Sung-ho/Courtesy Reuters).

Jill Kosch O’Donnell is a former Junior Associate of The Asia Foundation and writer in Washington, DC.

Demonstration projects now underway in the United States and South Korea to capture CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants and store them deep underground have one critical factor in common: a reliance on government funding. In recent months, both governments have announced new funding to test carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. In a world where cheap and abundant coal-fired power accounts for about 40 percent of man-made CO2 emissions, CCS is a way to reduce emissions without giving up coal. Read more »