Slideshow: China’s Wetland Crisis

China Dialogue has a collection of images taken by Sean Gallagher for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, showing the decline of China’s wetlands in the face of booming industry and expanding agriculture: Wetlands are...

Warming Has Shrunk China’s Two Biggest Rivers – AP

While Shanghai plans to develop wetlands, other wetlands 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 […]

Bustling Shanghai to Turn Suburb into Wetlands – Reuters

From Reuters: China’s financial hub is planning to set aside 15 sq km (6 sq miles) of its suburbs as wetlands to improve the quality of its water, a major priority nationwide, state media said on Tuesday. The Qingpu district of Shanghai is planning to develop the wetlands around Dianshan Lake, the source of about […]

Dam puts Shanghai wetlands at sea’s mercy – New Scientist

From The New Scientist (link): TIDAL wetlands on the Yangtze delta near Shanghai in China are in danger of disappearing because of sediment trapped in the Three Gorges dam. The amount of sediment coming downstream has more than halved since the dam’s construction. As a result the tidal wetlands around Shanghai have been eroding rapidly, […]

Wetlands sucked dry in China – Jonathan Watts

From the Guardian: More than four-fifths of the wetlands along northern China’s biggest river system have dried up because of over-development, the state media reported yesterday in the latest warning of the dire environmental consequences of the country’s economic growth. Fifty years ago, the Haihe river and its tributaries formed an ecologically rich area that […]



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