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Archive for the ‘Yellow River’ Category

Water, Climate Change, and War Games

Via Miller-McCune, a report that some nations’ war games are now including a climate change component.  As the article notes: “The Tibetan Plateau is enormous — four times the size of Texas. Both the Yellow and Yangtze rivers issue from it, carrying the glacial runoff from the Himalayas to China. This runoff is a primary […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Demand Reduction Efforts In China

Two articles examining China’s impending freshwater scarcity crisis and the impact of some nascent demand reduction efforts.  First, courtesy of The Guardian, is a look at the current status of the South-North Diversion Project: …More than twice as expensive as the Three Gorges Dam and three times longer than the railway to Tibet, the 50-year, […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Will China Run Out Of Water?

Via WaterWired, an interesting personal view from Dr. Chun Miao Zheng (founding director of the Center for Water Research at Peking University in Beijing) on the challenges facing an ever-drier China.  As the article notes: “…China is like two countries: dry in the north (Yellow River is here), where some areas have annual precipitation amounts […]

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Asia’s Water Insecurity

The Asia Society recently released a new report on Asia’s water challenges and, as Circle of Blue analyzed, there are many imposing obtacles ahead: “…Asia faces “severe” water problems. According to a report released today by the Asia Society Leadership Group — Asia’s Next Challenge: Securing the Region’s Water Future — reduced access to fresh […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Chinese Water Torture & The Double Glacier Shock of Late 2008

Via The China Beat, a detailed review of China’s water woes and recent efforts to address them.  As the article notes: Water is back in the China-related news lately – and that’s almost always a bad sign. Most recently, we have had stories about the grinding North China drought; this may be the worst since […]

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Two Rivers Diverted…. The Thirsty Dragon Has To Choose Both Paths

Via Terra Daily, a report on China’s recent decision to divert water from its two longest rivers to help farmers hit by the country’s worst drought in decades.  As the article notes: “…Water from the Yangtze River, the country’s longest, will be diverted to the northern areas of eastern Jiangsu Province, the Xinhua news agency […]

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