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Improved Outlook for Himalayan Water Supply

Ars Technica’s Scott K. Johnson reports that the effects of retreating Himalayan glaciers on China’s rivers this century may be fairly limited, offering some rare respite from a stream of bad news about the...

Secret Folk Music Holds Firm In Badlands

NPR’s Anthony Kuhn, recently returned to China, introduces the Shaanxi folk music known as lao qiang  (老腔), or “old tune”: Traditionally, Lao Qiang musicians would accompany a puppeteer, who would tell stories...

Water Shortages: Desalination vs. Conservation

Seawater desalination may offer a promising supplement to diversion of freshwater to China’s dry north-east, especially as severe droughts in the south place the latter’s basic logic in question. Critics argue,...

The Creation Myth of Xi Jinping

At Foreign Policy, John Garnaut digs into the often vague history of China’s likely next president, Xi Jinping. If every modern president needs a creation myth, then Xi Jinping’s begins on the dusty loess plateau of...

Bohai Sea Drowns in Discharged Waste

While the ConocoPhillips oil spill this summer and last year’s Dalian pipeline explosion have focused attention on pollution in the Bohai Sea, its problems reach both further back and further afield. From Caixin online: 80...

Serious Erosion in Yellow River Basin

According to a recent report by the Yellow River Conservancy Commission, 62% of the river’s basin is severely affected by water and soil erosion. From Businessweek: The study … says the affected area covers 180,000 square...

Harnessing the Ulan Buh Desert

While a recent Los Angeles Times article emphasized the use of water diversion to supply China’s cities, Beijing Review describes ongoing efforts to reclaim Inner Mongolian desert with laborious planting fed by redirection...

China Oil Spill Reaches Key Water Source

VOA gives an update on the recent massive oil spill, which has now reached the Yellow River, which provides drinking water to millions of Chinese: State media say the spill in an upstream tributary reached the massive river...

Less Blessed 神山恩渐少

As part of their China Green project, Asia Society has released a new documentary about the Yellow River. Watch it here: The Yellow River, also known as “China’s Sorrow,” often doesn’t reach the sea. Once the source of...

Dams On China’s Yellow River Near Collapse

From AFP: Several dams on China’s mighty Yellow River are close to collapse just a few years after they were built amid concerns that over 40 percent of the nation’s reservoirs are unsafe, state media has said....

National Geographic: Special China Issue

National Geographic Magazine has a special issue devoted to China, which editors describe as, “a map to help readers navigate the terrain of exuberance and anxiety that is China today.” It includes several articles...

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