Frontline Online: Why China needs dissuading from a dash-for-gas energy solution
January 21st, 2013
by Lorna Howarth
..."One major problem for China to extract shale gas is the amount of water required to fracture the shale beds and release the gas. Most of China’s shale gas reserves are in the arid far-west where water availability is limited. This raises further questions about the ‘water footprint’ of fracked gas.
The International Energy Agency has said that a gas-dependent world would still have 660ppm CO2 – which is far too high given that Bill McKibben and other eminent ecologists believe 350ppm remains the ceiling for a livable planet."