New Internationalist

Shallow river

April 2001
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Dermot Tatlow / Panos
Dried-up Yellow River brings sorrow to China. Dermot Tatlow / Panos

China’s Yellow River may soon dry up. Water levels are only a third of what they were 50 years ago. Drought, deforestation and mismanagement are responsible, according to Professor Cao Mingming of Xibei University. The river was once known as ‘the sorrow of China’, overflowing at least 1,600 times, changing its course 26 times and killing thousands of people.

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Front cover of New Internationalist magazine, issue 333 This column was published in the April 2001 issue of New Internationalist. To read more, buy this issue or subscribe.

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