Archive for the ‘Yellow River’ Category

The Thirsty Dragon: China Reduces Wheat Irrigation As Farming Depletes Groundwater

As reported by Bloomberg, China is adopting measures that place water security over grain production for the first time: China is reducing crop irrigation in regions with water shortages as the world’s biggest grain consumer seeks to ease pressure on declining aquifers. Hebei province, the nation’s third-biggest wheat grower, will cut wheat irrigation by 760,000 […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China Plans Tibetan Conservation Zone To Protect Source Of Great rivers

Via the Shanghai Daily, a report that China is planning to set up an ecological conservation zone on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, where the country’s major rivers originate.  As the article notes: “…The planned national conservation zone covers a 395,000 square kilometer region known as Sanjiangyuan, which is the source of China’s three major rivers – […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Bringing The Yellow River Back In The Flow

Via China Dialogue, an interesting article on China’s efforts to regulate and restore China’s polluted, drought-ridden Yellow River which once struggled to reach the sea.  As the report notes: “…On one wall of the control centre, a mosaic of TV screens flickers back and forth between the latest satellite photographs and rainfall projections. On another, a […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China Told To Reduce Food Production Or Face ‘Dire’ Water Levels

Via The Guardian, an interesting article on how China is running out of water and can no longer afford to irrigate its northern plains.  As the report notes: “…China needs to reduce food production on its dry northern plains or aquifers will diminish to a “dire” level in 30 years, one the country’s leading groundwater […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Watts, Water, and Workers

Courtesy of The Circle of Blue, a detailed look at China’s ambitious water conservation and transfer program, started in 2003, to help hold off the looming confrontation between its scarce water reserves and growing coal-based industrial sector.  As the article notes: “…On Sept. 7, 2007, during a morning briefing in Beijing on China’s newest five-year […]

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Thirsty Dragon: Moving Heaven & Earth To Bring Water To Beijing

Via Terra Daily, an updated look at China’s $62-billion South-North Water Diversion, which will bring water to the parched capital via three major phases: 1) the 885-mile eastern line from Hangzhou to Beijing, which mostly follows the route of the Grand Canal and is hoped to be ready by 2013; 2) the middle line, which […]

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