May 25 2011
China’s biggest river, the Yangtze, is drying up. In response, China is releasing water from the Three Gorges reservoir to ease its biggest drought in 50 years.
The Yangtze delta is being devastated by the drought. The delta supports 400 million people and 40% of China’s economic activity.
The scope of the environmental crisis is hard to imagine, with officials declaring over 1,300 lakes “dead”, which means they are out of use for irrigation and drinking supply.
- China crisis over Yangtze river drought forces drastic dam measures (guardian.co.uk)
- China’s Three Gorges Dam has ‘urgent problems’ as drought persists (cnn.com)
- Three Gorges Dam Opens Sluices to Refill China’s Yangtze, Lakes (businessweek.com)