Yellow River Pollution Is Price of Economic Growth – Rob Gifford

National Public Radio broadcast the second in a five part series about the Yellow River. It includes an audio slideshow:

Riverhub200In China, there’s a saying that a dipperful of water from the Yellow River is seven-tenths mud. The river contains more silt than any other waterway in the world, gaining its name from the loamy, yellow soil that bleeds into the river as it descends from the Tibetan Plateau.

But in recent years the Yellow River has gained another, more notorious claim to fame as one of the world’s most polluted rivers. The very high environmental cost of China’s rapid industrialization can been seen all along its banks. [Full text and audio report]

[Image of the Yellow River from NPR]


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