China Says Water Supplies Exploited by 2030 – Chris Buckley
An alarming report from Reuters:
China will have exploited all available water supplies to the limit by 2030, the government has warned, ordering officials to prepare for worse to come as global warming and economic expansion drain lakes and rivers.
As well, a state newspaper warned on Friday that drought next year could hit crops and stoke already heady inflation.
The document on the government Web site (www.gov.cn) urges officials to make emergency plans for coping with drought and promises more spending on water-saving technology and artificial rain-making. Local governments must also develop policies to aid and compensate drought-hit farmers. [Full Text]