» 10/10/2007, 00.00
World grain supply not enough to produce bio fuels
The use of cereals and palm oil in producing bio fuels is forcing a price hike on basic foods. Non edible plants now being tested. Meanwhile Beijing sets out plans for renewable energy sources, even if in the short term more expensive than coal.
From garbage and waste to ‘clean’ fuel
China wants ‘clean’ energy to reduce the huge economic and environmental costs of development. This is why it is trying to get methane from waste in Shaanxi and building an ‘Eco-City’ near Shanghai. But for experts industrial plants are the real problem. China needs to focus more on the environment than on output.
Economy must grow or the system breaks down
Oil imports must rise to quench the country's energy thirst. Coal has already done enough damage to people and environment.
Alternative energy and nuclear in agreements between Beijing and Astana
Kazakhstan will supply uranium tablets to Chinese nuclear companies. The trade volume will reach 40 billion dollars by 2015. Concerns about inflation in the dollar, some agreements made with direct exchange between the yuan and tenge (Kazakh currency).
Beijing shuts down Hebei steel mills
The province is the world’s largest steel producer with 620 million tonnes a year. However, pollution and excessive energy use have set off alarm bells in the central government, which switched off supplies.
90% of cities have polluted underground water
The waterbeds supply 70% of drinking water and 40% for agricultural irrigation. Official sources say the situation will get worse in the absence of radical intervention to make maximise resources.
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