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Chapter 4 The Dujiangyan Irrigation System. 4. Natural and Environmental Resources 4.1 Natural resources 4.2 Energy production 4.3 Environmental quality.

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1 Chapter 4 The Dujiangyan Irrigation System

2 4. Natural and Environmental Resources 4.1 Natural resources 4.2 Energy production 4.3 Environmental quality 4.4 Chinese environmental policy 4.5 Policy implications

3 Keywords: natural resource, minerals, energy, resource consumption, spatial disequilibrium, sustainable development, pollution, greenhouse gas (GHG), environmental protection

4 4.1 Natural resources Land and agriculture Mineral resources Water scarcity

5 Top five provinces in agriculture: Hunan, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Hubei, and Guangdong for rice Henan, Shandong, Jiangsu, Hebei, and Sichuan for wheat Shandong, Jilin, Hebei, Sichuan, and Henan for maize Heilongjiang, Henan, Jilin, Shandong, and Anhui for soybean Shandong, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, and Jiangsu for cotton Shandong, Sichuan, Anhui, Jiangsu, and Henan for rapeseeds Henan, Yunnan, Shandong, Guizhou, and Hunan for tobacco Zhejiang, Hunan, Sichuan, Anhui, and Fujian for tea Shandong, Hebei, Guangdong, Sichuan, and Liaoning for fruits

6 Million tons of contentsPer capita kg ItemChina (1) World (2) (1)/(2) (%) China (3) World (4) (3)/(4) (%) Bauxite Copper Iron ore Lead Manganese Molybdenum Nickel Tin Titanium Tungsten Vanadium Zinc Table 4.1 Major metal reserves of China and the world

7 Major resource-rich provinces (in order of reserves): Argentum (Ag): Jiangxi, Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan, Hunnan Bauxite: Shanxi, Henan, Shandong, Guangxi, Guizhou Bismuth (Bi): Hunan, Guangdong, Jiangxi, Yunnan, Inner Mongolia Chromium (Cr): Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Gansu Coal: Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Guizhou, Ningxia Collat. (Co): Gansu, Yunnan, Shandong, Hebei, Shanxi Copper (Cu): Jiangxi, Tibet, Yunnan, Gansu, Anhui Gold (Au): Shandong, Jiangxi, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Hubei Hydragyrum (Hg): Guizhou, Shaanxi, Hunan, Sichuan, Yunnan Iron (Fe) ore: Liaoning, Sichuan, Hebei, Shanxi, Anhui Kaolin (Ka): Hunan, Jiangsu, Fujian, Guangdong, Liaoning

8 (Cont’d) Lead (Pb): Yunnan, Guangdong, Hunan, Inner Mongolia, Jiangxi Manganese (Mn): Guangxi, Hunan, Guizhou, Liaoning, Sichuan Molybdenum (Mo): Henan, Jilin, Shaanxi, Shandong, Jiangxi Natural gas: Sichuan, Liaoning, Henan, Xinjiang, Hebei, Tianjin Nickel (Ni): Gansu, Yunnan, Jilin, Sichuan, Hubei Petroleum: Heilongjiang, Shandong, Liaoning, Hebei, Xinjiang Platinum (Pt): Gansu, Yunnan, Sichuan Silica stone (SiO 2 ): Qinghai, Beijing, Liaoning, Gansu, Sichuan Stibium (Sb): Hunan, Guangxi, Guizhou, Yunnan Tantalum (Ta): Jiangxi, Inner Mongolia, Guangdong, Hunan, Sichuan Tin (Sn): Guangxi, Yunnan, Hunan, Guangdong, Jiangxi Titanium (Ti): Sichuan, Hebei, Shaanxi, Shanxi Tungsten (WO 3 ): Hunan, Jiangxi, Henan, Fujian, Guangxi Vanadium (V): Sichuan, Hunan, Gansu, Hubei, Anhui Zinc (Zn): Yunnan, Inner Mongolia, Guangdong, Hunan, Gansu

9 RegionCoalHydropower a Petroleum b All energy c North 64.0 (98.2) 1.8 (1.3) 14.4 (0.5) 43.9 (100.0) Northeast 3.1 (54.6) 1.8 (14.2) 48.3 (31.2) 3.8 (100.0) East 6.5 (72.9) 4.4 (22.5) 18.2 (4.6) 6.0 (100.0) Central South 3.7 (44.5) 9.5 (51.8) 2.5 (3.7) 5.6 (100.0) Southwest 10.7 (25.2) 70.0 (74.7) 2.5 (0.1) 28.6 (100.0) Northwest 12.0 (66.7) 12.5 (31.3) 14.0 (2.0) 12.1 (100.0) China (85.9) (13.1) (1.0) (100.0) Table 4.2 Composition of energy resources, by region and by type of energy (%) Notes: (1) The geographical scopes of the great regions are defined in Figure 2.1. (2) Figures in parentheses are energy structures. ( a ) The theoretical reserves multiplied by 100 years. ( b ) Includes natural gas and shale oil. ( c ) Standard coal equivalent conversion rates are as t/t for coal, 1.43 t/t for petroleum, 1.33 t/1000m 3 for natural gas, t/t for oil shale, and 350 g/kWh for hydropower.

10 (Source: The Ministry of Water Conservation of China and author) Figure 4.1 Regional differences of annual precipitation in mainland China

11 4.2 Energy production Coal Petroleum and natural gas Clean/green energy

12 Source: Central Intelligence Agency (Washington, DC, 1983) and author. Figure 4.2 The distribution of minerals and energy resources in mainland China

13 Notes: (1) Each of Guangdong, Hainan, Jilin, Guangxi, Jiangsu, Hubei, Beijing, Tianjin, Fujian, Zhejiang, Tibet, and Shanghai is less than 1%. (2) Sichuan and Chongqing are estimated by the author based on their total reserves and land areas proportionally. Source: Sun (1987, pp. 4-8) and author. Figure 4.3 Spatial distribution of major mineral resources in China

14 Figure 4.4 China’s energy production structure, Source: NBS, various years.

15 Source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy, Figure 4.5 China’s oil production and consumption (million tones),

16 4.3 Environmental quality Air Water Land Deforestation and desertification

17 ItemChinaUSA GDP (billion $) a ,626.35, ,194.7 GHGs (million ton)2,5246,2005,1635,800 GHGs/POP (ton/person) GHGs/LA (ton/km²) GHGs/GDP (kg/US$) Notes: GDP=gross national product, POP=population, LA=land area. ( a ) Measured in exchange rates (for China) and in current prices (for China and USA). Sources: WRI (1992), NEAA (2007) and author. Table 4.3 Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, China and USA

18 Source: EIA (2011). Figure 4.6 China’s carbon dioxide emissions from consumption

19 4.4 Chinese environmental policy About sustainable development China’s commitments to the environment Unresolved issues

20 CommodityChinaIndiaUSA Metals 2005 Aluminum22.5 (1)3.0 (8)19.4 (2) Copper21.6 (1)2.3 (11)13.8 (2) Lead25.7 (1)1.3 (15)19.4 (2) Nickel15.2 (1)0.9 (17)9.5 (3) Tin33.3 (1)2.2 (7)12.1 (2) Zinc28.6 (1)3.1 (8)9.0 (2) Iron ore29.0 (1)4.8 (5)4.7 (6) Steel production31.5 (1)3.5 (7)8.5 (3) Energy 2003 Coal32.9 (1)7.1 (3)20.6 (2) Oil7.4 (2)3.4 (7)25.3 (1) Total primary energy12.6 (2)3.6 (5)23.4 (1) Electricity generation11.4 (2)3.8 (5)24.3 (1) Agriculture 2003 Wheat15.2 (1)13.5 (2)5.4 (4) Rice29.7 (1)21.4 (2)1.0 (12) Maize17.0 (2)2.2 (6)32.5 (1) Soybeans19.2 (2)3.7 (5)24.0 (1) Soy oil24.4 (2)6.4 (4)25.7 (1) Palm oil15.8 (1)15.3 (2)0.6 (37) Sugar6.6 (3)15.2 (1)12.5 (2) Tea14.4 (2)17.5 (1)3.8 (7) Coffee0.4 (45)0.8 (27)16.8 (1) Cotton31.2 (1)12.8 (2)6.9 (5) Rubber23.5 (1)8.4 (4)12.9 (2) Table 4.4 Shares in consumption of primary commodities for China, India and USA (%)

21 Notes: “+” denote positive relations; “  ” denote negative relation; “  ” denotes causal direction. Figure 4.7 Economic, environmental and health relations

22 The environmental Kuznets curve (EKC)

23 China’s double-track environmental management regime Provinces and autonomous regions  prefecture or municipalities  counties and urban districts  non- state and private enterprises; and State commissions  ministries and other government branches and state corporations at ministry and semi- ministry levels  state-owned enterprises.

24 Law of Mineral Resources of the PRC (kuangcan ziyuan fa):... those who use destructive methods to extract mineral resources should refund the loss of damages and, if the resources have been seriously damaged, be additionally charged till the withdrawal of their certificates for mining permission at the most serious situation… Problems: (i) Which kinds of extraction methods should be defined as ‘destructive‘ to mineral resources? (ii) How to set up the standard of the ‘serious damages‘ to resources? (iii) How to calculate the ‘loss of damages‘? (iv) How to determine the amount of ‘additional charges‘? (v) What should be defined as the ‘most serious situation‘? Article 44 says:

25 Case Study 4 The South-North Water Transfer Project

26 Figure 4.8 The three routes of the South-North Water Transfer Project Source: Author.

27 Annual diverted volume of water (billion cu.m.) Estimated costs (billion yuan) Stage I ( ) Stage II ( ) Long-range ( ) Eastern Route Middle Route Western Route Total Table 4.5 The basic indicators of the South-North Water Transfer Project

28 Chapter conclusion : The vast size and diversified natural conditions of China have generated many regional differences in terms of climate, geography, soil fertility and other natural resource endowments. This in turn means that social and economic developments vary from region to region. In particular, South and East regions have natural advantages for agriculture over the Northwest region. Except for a few deposits of non-ferrous metals, minerals and energy resources are much richer in the North and West areas than in the Southern coastal area. One of the most important implications of this chapter is that the unevenly distributed and coal-dominated energy structure is the major obstacle to Chinese industrialization and sustainable development. All of these factors have inevitably resulted in great spatial economic disequilibria and disparities in China. This chapter also discusses China’s worsening environmental problems.

29 Suggested reading Almond, Douglas, Yuyu Chen, Michael Greenstone and Hongbin Li (2009). “Winter Heating or Clean Air? Unintended Impacts of China's Huai River Policy,” American Economic Review, Volume 99, Issue 2. Cao, Jing (2008). “Measuring Green Productivity Growth for China's Manufacturing Sectors: 1991–2000,” Asian Economic Journal, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp. 425–451. Chen, Shaofeng (2011). “Has China's Foreign Energy Quest Enhanced Its Energy Security?” The China Quarterly, Volume 207, pp Cho, Mun Young (2010). “On the Edge between “the People” and ‘the Population’: Ethnographic Research on the Minimum Livelihood Guarantee,” The China Quarterly, Volume 202, pp Haglund, Dan (2009). “In It for the Long Term? Governance and Learning among Chinese Investors in Zambia's Copper Sector,” The China Quarterly, Volume 199, pp. 627 – 646.

30 Cont’d Jiang, Wenran (2009). “Fuelling the Dragon: China's Rise and Its Energy and Resources Extraction in Africa,” The China Quarterly, Volume 199, pp Li, Wanxin (2011). “Self-Motivated versus Forced Disclosure of Environmental Information in China: A Comparative Case Study of the Pilot Disclosure Programs,” The China Quarterly, Volume 206, pp. 331 – 351. Li, Yu-wai, Bo Miao and Graeme Lang (2011). “The Local Environmental State in China: A Study of County-Level Cities in Suzhou,” The China Quarterly, Volume 205, pp. 115 – 132. Mead, Robert W. and Victor Brajer (2008). “Environmental Cleanup and Health Gains from Beijing's Green Olympics,” The China Quarterly, Volume 194, pp Shen, J. (2006). “A simultaneous estimation of Environmental Kuznets Curve: Evidence from China,” China Economic Review, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp

31 Cont’d Stalley, Phillip and Dongning Yang (2006). “An Emerging Environmental Movement in China?” The China Quarterly, Volume 186, pp Stern, Rachel E. (2011). “From Dispute to Decision: Suing Polluters in China,” The China Quarterly, Volume 206, pp Sullivan, Jonathan and Lei Xie (2009). “Environmental Activism, Social Networks and the Internet,” The China Quarterly, Volume 198, pp Tong, Yanqi (2007). “Bureaucracy Meets the Environment: Elite Perceptions in Six Chinese Cities,” The China Quarterly, Volume 189, pp Zhang, Tao (2010). ”Environmental Performance Assessment of China's Manufacturing,” Asian Economic Journal, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp. 45–68.


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