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The Thirsty Dragon: China Proposes Water Pipeline From Russia To Gansu Province

Via Future Directions International, a look at China’s proposed a pipeline to pump water from Russia’s Lake Baikal in Siberia to the Gansu province: Chinese urban planners have proposed constructing a pipeline to pump water from Russia’s Lake Baikal in Siberia to the Gansu province, its drought-prone north-west region. The proposed pipeline is 1,000 kilometres long, […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: ‘Parched’ Chinese City Plans To Pump Water From Russian Lake

Via Windows on Eurasia, a report on how urban planners in Lanzhou, China have drawn up proposals to pipe water into the chronically dry region from Siberia’s Lake Baikal: China is reportedly considering plans to build a 1,000km (620 mile) pipeline to pump water all the way from Siberia to its drought-stricken northwest. According to reports […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China an Russia’s Competing Interests on the Mighty Amur River

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), an interesting look at the Amur River, a shared resource between China and Russia: Forecast China’s and Russia’s intentions for the Amur River Basin will continue to be fundamentally at odds: Moscow wants to use it for transport and security, while Beijing wants to harness its power for energy and agriculture. […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s New Silk Road Causing Regional Water Stress

Via Third, a report on a recent decision by the Chinese to put temporary halt on a dam which could destroy the Siberian lake ecosystem, highlighting lack of environmental safeguards along the New Silk Road: Every Chinese person knows about one place in Siberia –  Lake Baikal. It is not necessarily famous for its […]

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In Russia, A Drying Lake Threatens An ‘Era Of Water Wars’

Via Reuters, commentary on issues arising from the shrinkage of Lake Baikal: In Russia’s Siberian south, near the border of Mongolia, the world’s largest freshwater lake is shrinking. The surrounding communities depend on Lake Baikal, which contains about one-fifth of the earth’s unfrozen freshwater reserves, for their power, water and livelihoods. But in the past […]

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Planned Mongolian Hydroelectric Plants Threaten Lake Baikal

Via the Siberian Times, a report on the potential threat to Lake Baikal posed by Mongolian hydro plants: Levels at Baikal are about 40cm lower than in 2013. Lake Baikal is facing another environmental threat, this time from across the border with plans in Mongolia for a series of new hydroelectric power plants. Campaigners including […]

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