03 Jun '11, 4am

Stalwarts in China's Water Struggle - New York Times (blog)

Stalwarts in China's Water Struggle - New York Times (blog)

Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times A swimmer prepares for a dip in the Han River, which is threatened by a proposed water diversion project. Experts say that environmental advocates have helped bring about a notable improvement in the water’s quality over the last three or four years. To report out my article on China’s ambitious and troubled plan to divert water from the south to try to satisfy the drinking needs of people in the dying north, I traveled to the Han River, a tributary of the Yangtze River that winds through the heart of the country. It is there, at a reservoir at Danjiangkou, that the middle channel of the water diversion project starts. Scientists who study the Han told me that the water project could kill or severely damage the river, which provides crucial support for farmers and manufacturing centers and is a lifeline for millions of people. In Hubei ...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/02/stalwarts-in-ch...

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