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The Thirsty Dragon: Managing China’s Thousands Of Dams In An Era of Climate Change

Via Quartz, an article on China’s challenge of managing thousands of dams in an era of climate change: The Yangtze river’s periodic flooding was one of the reasons China built the Three Gorges dam, the largest addition to the country’s network of tens of thousands of dams. The idea was that by storing and then […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Vast River Diversion Plan Afoot In Western China

Via China Water Risk, a report that Chinese Premier Li has called for options to be examined for the ambitious western section of the South-to-North Water Diversion project, yet there are reasons why the idea has been dormant for so long: China’s premier, Li Keqiang, has called for options to be examined for the hugely ambitious western section […]

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

Via Silk, 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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The Thirsty Dragon: China Ponders Massive Canals To Link Yangtze and Pearl Rivers

Via The Asia Times, a report on China’s consideration of two mega canal systems to connect two major rivers, a project that would dwarf Three Gorges Dam in terms of size and effort required: China is considering digging two mega canal systems to link the Yangtze River, which runs through central and eastern China, to […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Source of Mekong, Yellow and Yangtze Rivers Drying Up

Via China Dialogue, a look at how the source of Mekong, Yellow and Yangtze rivers is drying up: A seasonal dry-out in Sanjiangyuan region, the location of the headwaters of the Yellow River, the Yangtze, and the Lancang. In 2015, the Chinese government announced plans to set up a new nature reserve in the Sanjiangyuan (“three river […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Water-nomic Trade-offs Along The Yangtze

Courtesy of China Water Risk, an interesting report on the linkages between water use and allocation, as well as pollution control and economic development in the Yangtze River Economic Belt (YREB): For centuries, the Yangtze River has been considered a ‘golden waterway’ for transporting goods between cities and villages along the river. Now, many of these […]

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