Water Sustainability for China and Beyond

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August 10, 2012 - Author: Jianguo Liu and

Journal or Book Title: Science

Keywords: China; water; sustainability;

Volume/Issue: 337

Page Number(s): 649

Year Published: 2012

A water crisis has prompted the Chinese government to develop an ambitious water conservancy plan. However, the plan may not achieve water sustainability and may cause unintended environmental and socioeconomic consequences, unless it accounts for complex human-nature interactions ( 1). Water shortages, for example, force people to find alternatives, such as treatment facilities, whose land and energy requirements aggravate food and energy production, which need large amounts of water. Other nations face similar challenges and share real water from China along international rivers and/or virtual water through trade. Water problems are particularly challenging in China, which has the largest population, fastest-growing economy, rising water demand, relatively scarce water, dated infrastructure, and inadequate governance. We highlight China’s water crisis and plan, and then offer recommendations.

DOI: 10.1126/science.1219471

Type of Publication: Journal Article

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Tags: china, sustainability, water


Authors

Jianguo

Jianguo "Jack" Liu
517-432-5025
liuji@msu.edu

Wu Yang

Wu Yang


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