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Apr 9, 2013

[ROCKWAY EXPRESS] China: 28,000 of 50,000 Rivers Have Disappeared


This is the reason Chinese investors have been all out to secure water resources in Japan.  Even after reading this news, do you really believe that global economy will keep on growing uneventfully as ever?  I have always advised you to stockpile food and others.  Do you still think it is groundless fear?

Masatoshi Takeshita
April 2, 2013

English translation of an excerpt from a Japanese article: ROCKWAY EXPRESS – April 2, 2013 –

China: 28,000 of 50,000 Rivers Have Disappeared


The dry riverbed of the Gan river, a tributary of the Yangtze.

I hear that more than half of Chinese rivers have disappeared.  Additionally, lakes have disappeared, too.  In a word, water, the element indispensable for life activity id disappearing.  Large rivers are no exception.  The Yellow River has already dried up.  Exacerbation of desertification has been in progress in China.  And yet, existing rivers have been polluted and many of them are actually inappropriate to drink.

In general, China is becoming difficult to secure food and drink.  Japanese policymakers ought to take it seriously.

On earth we will see chaotic days for a certain period of time, during which the confusion and destruction of global economy accompanied by natural disasters is expected to make the world in a state of panic.  If so, we ought to work out a plan to survive, taking into consideration the possibility that the international order, which has been stable so far, will be collapsed, the earth will be in turmoil the same as in the street, and the world will depict a picture of the hell where the weak is the victims of the strong.

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l  28,000 rivers wiped off the map of China

[The Times March 30, 2013]

(Excerpt from the original text)

More than half of the rivers previously thought to exist in China appear to be missing, according to the 800,000 surveyors who compiled the first national water census, leaving Beijing fumbling to explain the cause.
Only 22,909 rivers covering an area of 100sq km were located by surveyors, compared with the more than 50,000 in the 1990s, a three-year study by the Ministry of Water Resources and the National Bureau of Statistics found.
Officials blame the apparent loss on climate change, arguing that it has caused waterways to vanish, and on mistakes by earlier cartographers. But environmental experts say the disappearance of the rivers is a real and direct manifestation of headlong, ill-conceived development, where projects are often imposed without public consultation.
The UN considers China one of the 13 countries most affected by water scarcity, as industrial toxins have poisoned historic water sources and were blamed last year for turning the Yangtze an alarming shade of red.
This month, the carcasses of about 16,000 pigs dumped in the river were pulled from its waters, and 1000 dead ducks were found dumped this week in the Nanhe River in Sichuan province.
Ma Jun, a water expert at the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, said the missing rivers were a cause for "great attention" and underscored the urgent need for a more sustainable mode of development.
"One of the major reasons is the over-exploitation of the underground water reserves, while environmental destruction is another reason, because desertification of forests has caused a rain shortage in the mountain areas," Mr Ma said.
Large hydroelectric projects such as the Three Gorges Dam, which diverted trillions of litres of water to drier regions, were likely to have played a role, he said.
The census also charted a decline in water quality. The report came as new Premier Li Keqiang pledged greater transparency on pollution, which Communist Party rulers fear is a potential catalyst for social unrest.
"We must take the steps in advance, rather than hurry to handle these issues when they have caused a disturbance in society," Mr Li said, according to state media.



(Note) Font change into red is made by Mr. Takeshita who has given commentary on this article.

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