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The Thirsty Dragon: Delaying “South-to-North”?

Via The Wall Street Journal, a new report that – once again – China has decided to delay part of its plan to divert billions of tons of water to its parched north, amid concerns that the massive project could cause previously unexpected environmental damage.  As the article notes “…The four-year delay affects the central […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: South-North Diversion To Be Accelerated

Via Xinhua, an updated report that the aforementioned 4-year postponement of the massive South-North water diversion has itself been diverted and the project is back on track.  As the article notes, “China would accelerate the construction on the country’s huge south-to-north water diversion project next year, head of the project office Zhang Jiyao said on […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Drying Up Quickly

An interesting post by Ying Jia on China’s dwindling water supply.  As the article notes: “….Water scarcity is largely a product of China’s wasteful style of economic growth. A World Bank research study showed that in the period 2001-2005, 54 percent of China’s seven main rivers were deemed unsafe for human consumption (World Bank). The […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Recent Achievements in the South – North Diversion Scheme

Via The Economist, a report detailing the most recent progress of China’s ambitious South – North water diversion scheme.  As the article notes “…THE water level at Wangkuai Reservoir, one of the biggest in Hebei province, is close to an historic high—in a region gripped by drought. This has been achieved by hoarding the water. […]

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Challenges Facing The Yellow River: Not Water Under the Bridge

NPR has a wonderful five-part series on the environmental crisis facing China’s Yellow River, which snakes through northern China for more than 3,000 miles and has long been known as the country’s mother river — the cradle of Chinese civilization. Unfortunately, it is no longer clean nor in strong supply. Three-quarters of the 4,000 small […]

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