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CHINA'S ECONOMIC GROWTH HAS CREATED PROBLEMS
REGARDING WATER ACROSS THE COUNTRY:
Rapid industrialisation has led to urbanisation and
a decline in rural areas, especially in agriculture.
Farmers are no longer able to produce enough food
for the 1.3Bn people in China.
Massive farmland areas in the south have been
used for developing industry placing most of the
country's agricultural output in areas in the North
(which receive lower levels of precipitation).
This had lead to water deficits, over abstraction for
aquifers and stress points such as in Beijing where
reservoirs are reserved for industry and residential
It is a growing problem; in 2007 5 million people in
the Chongqing region faced shortages and in 2008
300 of Chinas cities suffered shortages.…read more
THE SAME AMOUNT OF
WATER CAN GENERATE
$200 FROM AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY IS
OR $14,000 FROM OVER
AGRICULTURE THIS CYCLE RESULTS EMPLOYEES ARE
DECLINES. IN A CONSTANTLY BETTER PAID;
DEVELOPING LIVING RISE.
ECONOMY AND THUS
MORE DUE TO
INDUSTRY IS CAUSING OVERUSE IN THE NORTH AND
POLLUTION IN THE SOUTH - INDUSTRIALISATION IS
OUTPACING ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL:
80% of China's rivers no longer support fish.
The Yellow River is so heavily contaminated poisons
are entering the human food chain.
Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium and Chromium found in
foods (E.g. Rice grown with contaminated water) have
led to developmental diseases, mental illnesses and
4 Rivers have dried up in the North due to over use
The Yellow River only flows 165 days per year.
The Yangtze River could be ecologically dead by
186 riverside cities, including Shanghai, will not be
able to depend on safe water supplies.…read more