Presentation on theme: "Chapter 4 The Dujiangyan Irrigation System. 4. Natural and Environmental Resources 4.1 Natural resources 4.2 Energy production 4.3 Environmental quality."— Presentation transcript:
Chapter 4 The Dujiangyan Irrigation System
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
4.1 Natural resources Land and agriculture Mineral resources Water scarcity
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
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
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.
(Source: The Ministry of Water Conservation of China and author) Figure 4.1 Regional differences of annual precipitation in mainland China
4.2 Energy production Coal Petroleum and natural gas Clean/green energy
Source: Central Intelligence Agency (Washington, DC, 1983) and author. Figure 4.2 The distribution of minerals and energy resources in mainland China
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
Figure 4.4 China’s energy production structure, Source: NBS, various years.
Source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy, Figure 4.5 China’s oil production and consumption (million tones),
4.3 Environmental quality Air Water Land Deforestation and desertification
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
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.
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:
Case Study 4 The South-North Water Transfer Project
Figure 4.8 The three routes of the South-North Water Transfer Project Source: Author.
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
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.
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