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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
purposes.
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

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THE UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANISATION STATED
IN A 2006 REPORT ON CHINA THAT:
China is running out of water.
Current levels of industrialisation and
development are unsustainable.…read more

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THE SAME AMOUNT OF
WATER CAN GENERATE
$200 FROM AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY IS
FAVOURED
OR $14,000 FROM OVER
INDUSTRY. AGRICULTURE.
INDUSTRY
BOOMS,
AGRICULTURE THIS CYCLE RESULTS EMPLOYEES ARE
DECLINES. IN A CONSTANTLY BETTER PAID;
STANDARDS OF
DEVELOPING LIVING RISE.
ECONOMY AND THUS
INCREASING WATER
CONSUMPTION.
PEOPLE
INDUSTRY
CONSUME
THRIVES. FOOD
MORE DUE TO
CAN BE
EXPENDABLE
IMPORTED.
INCOME.…read more

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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
stunted growth.
4 Rivers have dried up in the North due to over use
by agriculture.
The Yellow River only flows 165 days per year.
The Yangtze River could be ecologically dead by
2010.
186 riverside cities, including Shanghai, will not be
able to depend on safe water supplies.…read more

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