Warming Has Shrunk China’s Two Biggest Rivers – AP

While Shanghai plans to develop wetlands, other are drying up. From AP via MSNBC:

Less water flows down China’s two biggest rivers now than 40 years ago because global warming is drying up the wetlands that feed them, a state news agency reported Monday, citing Chinese scientists.

Xinhua News Agency said scientists of the Chinese Academy of Sciences studied changes at the wetlands of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in western China ” the source of the Yangtze and Yellow rivers.

Using aerial photos and satellite images, they found the wetlands on the plateau have shrunk more than 10 percent over the past four decades. The wetlands at the origin of the Yangtze have suffered the most, contracting by 29 percent. [Full Text]

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