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Water Shortage Threatens China

Floods, draught and severe water pollution will be the three constraints for China, Study Times observes. “China’s water resources total 2.8 trillion cubic meters, ranking No. 6 in the world, but the per capita water resource is only 2,200 cubic meters, about 30% of the world average.” “The water shortage amounts to 40 billion cubic meters. Nearly two-thirds of the cities suffer from insufficient water resources. On average drought disasters hit 2.3 million mu of agriculture land [1 mu = 0.165 acre] every year.” The article concludes that China is highly eco-environmentally vulnerable.

Source: Study Times, June 22, 2009