Yellow River struggle

7 Sep

The legendary Yellow River is where Chinese civilization started and has sustained much of Northern China for many centuries. But it is facing a major crisis because it is struggling to provide enough water to meet the growing demand along its path. FT has a good report about the threats to the river, which provides water supplies to 11 provinces along its path, all clamoring for their share. Increased urbanization and industrialization have pushed up water consumption and need, threatening cities and communities downstream. Specifically, for instance, the upriver region of Ningxia is trying to boost its coal industry, which means rising water need, and results in less water for agriculture.
In any case, the river is not enough to meet the North’s water needs which has resulted in ambitious infrastructural plans such as canals transporting water from the South and tunnels running several hundred miles to connect tributaries of the Yangtze to the Yellow River in the Tibetan plateau.

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