China Environment Forum / Woodrow Wilson Center, Jennifer Turner
This might have been a good month to stock up on bottled water in China. Dead swine, dead ducks and dead fish were all pulled from the country's drinking water. But pollution - from farms, factories and people - is not the only threat.
Drought and severe weather left people like Lin Xuan Zhu with an uncertain future. She lives in Southwest China's Yunnan province, a region almost entirely dependant on agriculture.
China's other great thirst is for energy. New dams are holding back rivers, while industry continues to suck up water for factories and mines.
Jennifer Turner has followed China's insatiable demand for more than a decade. She is the director of The China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington, D.C.
Panel: Brahma Chellaney / Gordon HouldenWhile the future of China's water supply is uncertain, at least in one city -- its past is secure. With its free admission, visitors pour into the Museum of Drinking Water in Kunming. Mrs. Wang is the caretaker. We heard from her.
Our next two guests worry that China's dry, parched present has implications for the world's future.
And Gordon Houlden is director of the University of Alberta's China Institute. He spent more than 20 years in the Foreign Service working on Chinese affairs for the Government of Canada, including postings in Hong Kong and Beijing. He was in Edmonton.
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Last Word - Steven Soderbergh on Art
We talked earlier about art controversies, and asked that slippery question, what is art? Movie director Steven Soderbergh spoke at the San Francisco International Film Festival last month. The director of Ocean's 11 used the occasion to wonder about the whole point of artistic endeavour and the value of his own contributions. Today's Last Word, goes to Steven Soderbergh.
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