Being the most populous country in the world, agriculture has always been a top priority in China historically and today. The latest developments show both positives and negatives-for China and the world.
Many know China as the world's leading coal producer--and consumer. Less widely known is its great potential for natural gas from coal. Methane--through mine drainage or surface drilling is the 'sleeping dragon' only now being awakened.
China has been relying heavily on coal (over 70% of domestic energy consumption) and petroleum for energy to maintain its supercharged economic growth - it has plenty of the former and now has to import nearly 50% of the latter. Underutilized methane gas holds great promise.
China relies heavily on coal-at over 70% of the nation's energy consumption-and petroleum to power its supercharged economic growth. It has plenty of the former (by far the world's largest producer*) and now has to import nearly 50% of the latter. Coalbed methane constitutes a significant, comparatively untapped resource that is only now seeing serious attention.