drought

Heavy Flooding in Kunming Kills 2

Torrential rains on Thursday and Friday have flooded Kunming, in Yunnan province, as Xinhua News reports that 2 people are dead and 1 still missing in the city’s third major flood since a drought ended in May: The downpour...

Quenching China’s Thirst for Water

As world population swells and the threats of climate change become increasingly prominent, freshwater resource security is a growing concern around the world. Rapid urbanization and industrialization in countries like China...

Causes & Consequences of Southern Droughts

According to Xinhua, nearly 8 million people and over 4.5 million livestock in 13 provinces suffered from inadequate drinking water as of April 5th. Severe drought, usually a characteristic of the north, increasingly afflicts...

Water Use in China “an Environmental Ponzi Scheme”

The Guardian’s Damian Carrington writes on the unsustainability of water use in China and the Middle East: The world’s population tripled in the 20th century, but the thirst for water grew six-fold, the large...

More than 170 Dead and Missing in China Floods

After suffering a severe drought, parts of China are now enduring floods which have so far killed 94 people. From AFP: Flooding on the southern reaches of the Yangtze river and in southwest China’s Guangxi region in recent...

Criticism Flows at Three Gorges Dam

The Washington Post has published a slideshow of images of the Three Gorges Dam, in the wake of the government’s acknowledgment that the engineering feat has also brought major negative environmental and social...

Drought-hit China Provinces to Get Rain Relief this Week

Drought-plagued central China is now preparing for torrential rains, Reuters reports: Rainfall of between 10-152 millimetres could hit China’s parched central provinces of Hunan, Anhui and Jiangxi, the China News website...

Ambitious Plan for China’s Water Crisis Spurs Concern

A lengthy article by Edward Wong in the New York Times looks at the various issues and complications surrounding the South-to-North Water Diversion Project, a massive and risky project to help resolve the severe scarcity of...

China Rations Power Use Amid Drought

A long-standing drought is drying up the Yangtze River and surrounding reservoirs. From the New York Times: As of Sunday, 4 medium-size reservoirs and 1,388 small reservoirs in Hubei had dropped below the allowable discharge...

Drought Halts Yangtze Shipping

The Yangtze River, which carries 80% of China’s river freight, has been closed to ocean-going vessels in response to historically low water levels. From the AFP: The water level along the lower reaches of the river near...

Winter Wheat Expected to Survive Drought

China’s chief meteorologist has reported that the severe droughts of recent months should not significantly affect the country’s winter wheat harvest. From Xinhua: Zheng Guoguang, head of the China Meteorological...

China’s Drought has Global Implications

The Globe and Mail reports that China’s severe drought – the worst in two centuries in some areas, according to Xinhua – is impacting food prices and supply around the world: China is grappling with drought...

“Coaxed” Snowfall Does Little to Quench Drought

Global Times describes the means by which the snowfall was enticed, as well as its side effects: Weather modification staff worked at 33 locations through the night. By 6 am Thursday, 759 silver iodide rods had been burned in...

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