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The Thirsty Dragon: China Turns To Technology To Fight Drought

Courtesy of WIRED, an article on how China is exploring cloud seeding, GM crops, and a multibillion-dollar water-transfer system to address its worst water shortages on record: On a grassy plateau overlooking a valley in central China, two officials stood by as a small, thin rocket blasted off from the rear of a pickup truck. […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Scorching Heat and Hydropower Missteps Test Nation’s Power Grid

Via the Wall Street Journal, an article on how the drought and Chinese officials’ underestimating the recent heat wave led to ‘lights out’ on Shanghai’s Bund: China’s drought this month closed factories, forced commuters to ride in the dark and turned out the lights on the historic Bund walkway in central Shanghai. The energy shortage caused […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Drought Dries Up Industry

Via The Economist, an article on the economic impact of China’s drought: The city rivalty is heating up between Shanghai and Chengdu. The highest temperatures and lowest rainfall since records began 60 years ago have led to severe power shortages across the south-western province of Sichuan, where Chengdu is located, and in its neighbouring municipality, […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Record Drought Is Drying Rivers and Feeding Its Coal Habit

Courtesy of The New York Times, an article on how dry weather in southwestern China has crippled huge hydroelectric dams, forcing cities to impose rolling blackouts and driving up the country’s use of coal: Car assembly plants and electronics factories in southwestern China have closed for lack of power. Owners of electric cars are waiting […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Water Crisis Is Three Crises in One

Via Bloomberg, commentary on how China’s drought has implications for power generation and global climate, along with some nasty feedback loops: Apocalypses are, by definition, bad. But in popular culture and imagination, they are usually at least understandable, if not manageable. With zombies and plagues, for instance, all you’ve got to do is avoid getting eaten/sick, and you can rebuild […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Half Of China Hit By Drought In Worst Heatwave On Record

Via Terra Daily, a report on China’s growing drought: A crippling drought exacerbated by a record heatwave has spread across half of China and reached the normally frigid Tibetan Plateau, according to official data released ahead of more searing temperatures on Thursday. The world’s second-largest economy has experienced over 70 days of heatwaves, flash floods […]

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