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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Water Tower Facing Extreme Stress

Via China Water Risk, a report on the Tarim Basin which is China’s ‘Water Tower’ which is facing ‘extremely high’ water stress: The Tarim Basin is China’s ‘Water Tower’ with 41% of its ice but also >1/3 of it faces ‘extremely high’ water stress It is one of the world’s largest cotton producing regions; tariff hikes […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s First River Law Set To Push Green Transition

Via Silk Road.earth, a report on China’s first river law: China has drafted its first-ever river law for its largest river, the Yangtze. After passing the first-round review at the National People’s Congress, the draft is currently under public consultation until 26 January 2020. This is one of China’s latest actions to tackle resource constraints and […]

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Asia’s Great Rivers: Climate Crisis, Pollution Put Billions At Risk

Via Terra Daily, a report on the potential risk facing Asia’s great rivers: The year is 2100. The glaciers of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region — the world’s “Third Pole” — are vanishing as the planet warms, the ice that once fed the great rivers of Asia is all but lost, and with it much of […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China Spends Record Sums On Water Conservation In 2019

Via China’s Global Times, a report on China’s increased investment into water conservation projects in 2019: China spent a record 726 billion yuan (104.46 billion U.S. dollars) on water conservation projects in 2019, said a senior official with the Ministry of Water Resources Thursday. The country started the construction of 23 key water conservation projects and completed […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: The Invisible Water Shortage In Hebei’s Capital

Via China Dialogue, a report on why – despite the fact that Shijiazhuang in northern China is suffering from a serious water shortage – local people think otherwise: The stalks left after the soy harvest in the village of Tatou are still green. By mid-autumn, most crops in northern China have been harvested. But here […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Southern China Experiences Another Severe Drought

Via Future Directions International, a report on another drought in China: Water is described as China’s Achilles heel. It is ‘the most long-term and fundamental of China’s vulnerabilities … China has failed to secure a sufficient amount and quality of water for its citizens, leading to an “absolute scarcity” of the resource’. The drier than normal […]

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