Global Warming Behind Water Crisis in Northeast China

Fri, 2007-11-09 09:44Kevin Grandia
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Global Warming Behind Water Crisis in Northeast China

Government officials in China are claiming global warming as the culprit behind massive water shortages in Northeast China.

The famous Crescent Moon lake used to be over 10 meters deep, but is now only 1 meter deep as the encroaching desert sucks up the water. The disappearing lake at this point of the Silk Road is the most powerful symbol of an emerging water crisis.

China's Water Resources minister, Chen Lei, said recently that an annual water shortage of nearly 40 billion cubic meters in China can be blamed on global warming. “The changes have led to a combination of both frequent drought and flooding.”

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As I read the article, I couldn’t help but draw parallels with the American Southwest.

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