ClimateWire on climate change and food production in China Chinese crop production is being threatened by changing weather patterns. "That raises the question of whether 1.34 billion Chinese -- accounting for almost one-fifth of the world's population -- would be able to feed themselves. Currently, China produces slightly less grains than its people consume." Among the climate-change alignments beginning to afflict Chinese growers are water scarcity, altered growing seasons, and more frequent outbreaks of crop-eating insects.
Le Monde on China's sinking cities Turning from environmental problems in China's farmland to those in its cities, an investigative piece from Le Monde republished in The Guardian, looks into the problem of subsidence in the country's growing cities. With rising populations, some Chinese cities are depleting their groundwater supply at such a fast rate that the ground is sinking. According to Le Monde, Shanghai, which has had to manage its groundwater carefully over the decades, is "doomed, according to some observers, to suffer a similar fate to Atlantis."