Growing Food Demand Strains Energy, Water Supplies

That's because farmers have invested in wells and pumps, using massive amounts of electricity to extract water from deep aquifers. The government has artificially propped up the agricultural sector through power subsidies and price supports. The pumping

The revenge of water

We go to the trouble and expense to find city-size quantities of water; build dams, reservoirs, and tanks to store it and plants to treat it; then we pump it out to customers because water often made people sick. That’s why Poland Spring water

Cockroach farms multiplying in China

He sells them to producers of Asian medicine and to cosmetic companies that value the insects as a cheap source of protein as well The Great Escape made headlines around China and beyond, evoking biblical images of swarming locusts.

On Xi's to-do list: Fix China's drinking problem

The problem scenario: water, while scarce, is unusually cheap. "In China, water really should be three to five times more expensive," said Tan of China Water Risk. One way to reduce consumption, she said, will be to keep raising water prices, a step

As China Roars, Pollution Reaches Deadly Extremes

And it is not clear that China can rein in its own economic juggernaut. Public health is reeling. Pollution has made cancer China’s leading that dump waste into rivers or pump smoke into the sky make the cheap products that fill stores in the United

China moving heaven and Earth to bring water to Beijing

First envisioned by Mao Tse-tung in the 1950s and now coming to fruition, the South-North Water Diversion — as it is inelegantly known in English — has a price China to Israel, updated with the latest technology, to design a system that uses no

California drought: Why farmers are 'exporting water' to China

We have abundance of water here which allows us to grow hay for the foreign market." Cheap water rights and America's trade imbalance with China make this not just Emirates all buy Californian hay. The price is now so high that many local dairy farmers

China is not to blame for the destruction of Britain's steel industry

Britain's steel industry is on the brink of collapse and a lot of people are blaming China for a glut of cheap production which has pushed down prices and made it impossible for nationalise the steel industry or pump cash into the ailing industry.