by China Water Risk 19 October, 2016
As we write this, two typhoons are heading for HK and there’s been others hitting South-eastern China. It seems fitting with these close-to-home weather events, that we are in Q4 2016 and that the Paris Agreement will come into effect shortly that we take stock. Whilst the Agreement has been hailed as one the greatest achievements, there is no time to relish in this as global crop staples and water security is still at risk as MIT’s Dwortzan shares. Meanwhile, it’s been more than 18 months since China’s amended Environmental Law came into effect. Have things changed? We sat down with Liu of China University of Political Science & Law to find out. Now more than ever, cities and their waterscapes face challenges. In Arcadis’ inaugural water index 9/12 Asian cities are ranked in the bottom half. Their Batten expands. With time and resources at such premiums, more needs to be done with less. Recycling water is one way to achieve this. We share 8 things you should know about recycling water in China. Plus, we explore unconventional water sources that can reduce the impact of China’s power sector. Diets have great impact too. We take a look if China’s “milky-ways” can continue. The overall stock take is, as usual, more needs to be done. But as we can see from the above, problems are being called out, action is happening and solutions exist. Maybe we will know more on our “stock” after COP 22 next month.
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