Severe Drought Puts Spotlight on Chinese Dams"Southwest China's monsoon-driven climate doesn't bring much precipitation in autumn and winter. But this year's dry season—coupled with a late start and early end to last year's rainy season—has left the region parched. Environmental groups in Thailand and elsewhere lay at least part of the blame on China's doorstep. They claim that China's management of a series of dams on the Lancang River has aggravated the unfolding crisis. Yet Chinese engineers and some other scientists say the criticism is unfounded."
The news article concludes:
"Things may get worse due to climate change. After examining weather and tree ring data, Fan Ze-xin, a tree physiologist at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, has found that in the past 40 years Yunnan has grown warmer and drier—a trend that started long before the dams were built. In a nature reserve near the botanical garden, he grabs leaves from a seedling; dry as parchment, they disintegrate. "Some of these leaves are fresh," Fan says. "I haven't seen it as bad as this.""
Science 12 March 2010. Vol. 327. no. 5971, p. 1311
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Some relevant titles in the library's collection, each including information on drought or desertification in China:
- The earth policy reader / Lester R. Brown, Janet Larsen, Bernie Fischlowitz-Roberts. New York : W.W. Norton, c2002.
- Case studies in human ecology / edited by Daniel G. Bates and Susan H. Lees. New York : Plenum Press, c1996
- China's environment and the challenge of sustainable development / Kristen A. Day, editor. Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, c2005
- Boundaries : a casebook in environmental ethics / Christine E. Gudorf and James E. Huchingson. Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, c2003