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80% of China’s underground water is not suitable for drinking and many rivers are too polluted to touch. Will China run out of clean water? A wave of recent reports from China make it clear that the country is now facing a water crisis of massive proportions. As Jules Suzdaltsev explains in today’s Seeker Daily report, industrialization and population growth have led to a core supply-and-demand issue in China. With a population of just under 1.5 billion people, the country has about 20 percent of the global population, but only about seven percent of the world’s fresh water. Making matters worse, rapid industrial development in the last 50 years has led to fundamental changes in how China uses — and pollutes — its water. According to statistics released in April by the Chinese government itself, more than 80 percent of the rural water supply in the country is now unsafe for drinking or bathing. A test of 2,103 underground wells revealed dangerous levels of contamination from industry and farming. More than half of China’s rivers are too polluted to use as water sources, largely the result of industrial spills and chemical runoff from manufacturing facilities. China’s Yellow River, which played a crucial role in the country’s radical industrialization, is now lined with literally thousands of petrochemical plants, leaving only 16 percent of it usable as a source for clean water. As a result, it’s estimated that around one-quarter of the country’s population — about 300 million people — drink contaminated water every day. Another report estimates that polluted water is responsible for 190 million illnesses each year.
This is a concern since with Trump pushing an America first standpoint
originally posted by: Aliensun
a reply to: Chadwickus
It has been mentioned before on ATS, I believe, that Obama gave China permission to buy fresh water from the US Great Lakes to help ease their self-caused dilemma.
When you have to buy water and haul it thousands of miles, that's the same as a dead canary in a coalmine.
originally posted by: The Arbiter of Lies
I could see China trying something but it would not end well for them. Disregarding Antarctica the two countries with the most fresh water in the world are Canada and Russia and if they were to try something they may attack Russia first and then send troops across the pacific and invade Canada through BC and possibly proceed north into the tundra and arctic, now if they were suicidal they could attempt to punch through alaska, but either way even if they were to use nukes, theyd have to fight against NATO and america plus all their nukes, and we would be allied with russia and their men and nukes, so im not to worried about China trying anything stupid.
The key to the Tkachev masterplan - unveiled at a meeting with Chinese Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu - is utilising the Gilevsky reservoir in Altai region, in operation since 1979, and the Kulundinsky 'channel' built in the decade to 1983. Other experts were more positive about the plan. Professor Stepan Svartsev, a hydrogeology expert at Tomsk State University, said: 'Water is the same resource as oil, gas, gold, and sooner or later we will start to sell it. 'We already sell it in stores; more and more people buy it. Water becomes a commodity, and with time it will become more valuable than oil. We should be ready for it. Our country has very large reserves, and certain volumes could be sold.' But it was vital to preserve the environment, he said. 'If we transport it in open channels - it will evaporate and there will be salting of soil. If we chose closed tubes - the problem disappears, but the water is more expensive because the tubes are expensive,' he said. Gennady Baryshnikov, deputy head of the natural resources and geo-ecology department at Altai State University, said it was vital to consult citizens and experts on such a scheme. 'If we are offered such project, there must be public and scientific hearings,' he said.