China: We Will "Fight for Every Drop of Water or Die"
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  • Anthony

    Riparian concerns are not restricted to China or far East. Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World highlights lack of probable access to stable supplies of water reaching critical proportions in many countries including U.S. Beijing as a result of its economic and technological gtowth over last 25 years may be more opportunistic than neighbors. China perhaps recognizes potential of future water scarcity problems and is responding – though her neighbors may also be aware of alarm bells and respond in their own manner (and there aren’t enough rivers to go around).

    • Andrew Allison

      Ah, but you forget that our very own, taxpayer-funded, global warming alarmist agencies (NASA & NOAA), apparently not having noticed that global temperature has not increased since 1996, are promising greatly increased rainfall in the tropics and subtropics due to climate change. LOL

      • Anthony

        What alarms, despite where you come down on climate change, is governmentally there has been no substantive policy respond – though water issue is real (and should not be ignored or kicked down road for another time).

        • Andrew Allison

          Agreed, but consider “The Population Bomb” and other bombs like “Peak Oil”, “Climategeddon”, etc. Water is being used very wastefully (witness, e.g., growing rice in the semi-desert of California’s Central Valley). If push comes to shove, there’s a LOT of water on the planet, and it recycles very well.

          • Anthony

            Engineering and technological inputs for sure but who is paying attention – your input needed beyond Via Meadia. Difficult issues need informed and able minds.

  • Presumably (hopefully?) China has no plans to suck these rivers dry the way we do the Colorado.

  • Matt_Thullen

    Perhaps India should start planning the construction of factories that emit high levels of lead, mercury and other fun substances in border areas just upwind of China. That just might get the Chinese government to think about cross-border consequences of their own actions.

  • Pete

    Too many people.

  • Jim Luebke

    Some two-thirds of the world’s population lives within pumping distance of blue ocean.

    Desalinization technology could render many of these water questions moot, or at least soluble.

    From a hydroelectric point of view, the drop from the Himalayan plateau to nearby seas is a dream-come-true. Dams here are probably inevitable.

  • Anthony

    Wow, this is rich. First, China pollutes most of it’s rivers, and now they have the temerity to complain about not having enough water.

  • rheddles

    Within 10 years there will be affordable solar powered devices that will remove pure water from air with over 15% relative humidity. This problem, too will be addressed by human ingenuity.

  • Anthony

    Prognostication, speculation, and condemnation notwithstanding, there exist responsibility toward future – high quality analysis vis-a-vis stable global water supplies warrants policy discussion.

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