China and drinkable water

6-23-16   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….

Massive pipelines and canals have been built to even things out, but even those efforts have been hampered by recent droughts and the ongoing effects of climate change.  Today, more than one hundred metropolitan areas face severe water shortages and some, like the city of Lintao, have run completely dry.  Experts fear that China’s water crisis is so severe that it could lead to open conflict and even full-scale resource wars in the near future.    http://peakoil.com/enviroment/why-china-is-running-out-of-water

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  China has experienced an economic growth rate averaging 10 percent per year for more than 20 years.  But sustained growth and the health of the country are increasingly threatened by environmental deterioration and constraints, particularly around water. Water is critical for economic growth and well-being; conversely, economic activities have an impact on water availability and quality.  When water resources are limited or contam- inated, or where economic activity is unconstrained and inadequately regulated, serious social problems can arise.  And in China, these factors have come together in a way that is leading to more severe and complex water challenges than in almost any other place on the planet.

China’s water resources are overallocated, inefficiently used, and grossly polluted by human and industrial wastes, to the point that vast stretches of rivers are dead and dying, lakes are cesspools of waste, groundwater aquifers are over-pumped and unsustainably consumed, uncounted species of aquatic life have been driven to extinction, and direct adverse impacts on both human and ecosystem health are widespread and growing. http://worldwater.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/ch05.pdf

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China’s capital is known for its horrendous smog and occasional sandstorms.  Yet one of its major environmental threats lies underground:  Beijing is sinking.  Excessive pumping of groundwater is causing geology under the city to collapse, according to a new study using satellite imagery that reveals parts of Beijing – particularly its central business district – are subsiding each year by as much as 11 centimetres, or more than four inches.

The authors of the study warn that continued subsidence poses a safety threat to the city of more than 2o million, with “a strong impact on train operations” one of the predictions.   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/24/beijing-has-fallen-chinas-capital-sinking-by-11cm-a-year-satellite-study-warns

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8-26-15    The study ranked all countries according to the severity of the water crisis they are estimated to face, and the Middle East stood out as the most vulnerable region. Fourteen of the 33 countries most likely to suffer water shortfalls are in the region, including nine that are considered extremely susceptible:  Bahrain, Kuwait, Palestine, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Lebanon.

“The region, already arguably the least water-secure in the world, draws heavily upon groundwater and desalinated seawater, and faces exceptional water-related challenges for the foreseeable future,” says the report.

Other nations that are likely to experience shortages include the big economies of the United States, China, and India.      https://news.vice.com/article/these-nations-are-about-to-start-running-out-of-water

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China: can the ‘factory of the world’ clean up its act?

 by Emma Blackmore     6-27-2012
  China’s role as “the factory of the world” has led to enormous environmental degradation within the country.  Now it’s at a crossroads.  Will it seek to address the consequences of its growing consumption and production, or continue with business as usual?…

Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are big investors in natural resource extraction, such as timber, minerals and agribusiness in Latin America. In 2010, 93% of Chinese investment in Brazil was from Chinese Central State Owned Enterprises.  These SOEs don’t face the same pressures for accountability as private enterprises who have shareholders and investors asking questions about how and where they’re investing and are often not subjected to the same national and international standards developed for private companies and their investors.     http://www.iied.org/china-can-factory-world-clean-its-act

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4-6-16  As a new global power, China will want to maintain business, aid and diplomatic relations with Africa, and sustaining relationships will be important.  China plays the long game, and our studies were observing just the opening stages.   http://www.iied.org/chinese-engagement-african-agriculture-not-what-it-seems

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For example, after building two dams upstream, China is building at least three more on the Mekong, inflaming passions in VietnamLaosCambodia and Thailand.  In a book titled “Tibet’s Waters Will Save China” a group of Chinese ex-officials have championed the northward rerouting of the waters of the Brahmaputra as an important lifeline for China in a future phase of South-North Water Transfer Project.  Such a diversion could fuel tension with India and Bangladesh, if no prior agreement would be reached on sharing the river’s water.[11]

On a smaller scale, some of the waters of the Irtysh River, which would otherwise flow into KazakhstanRussia, and the Arctic Ocean, have been diverted into the arid areas of north-central Xinjiang via the Irtysh–Karamay–Ürümqi Canal.

Due to the water problems, as well as for future exports, China is building up its desalination technological abilities and plans to create an indigenous industry.  Some cities have introduced extensive water conservation and recycling programs and technologies.[12]  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_resources_of_China

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Aum Vairochana aum    Aum Akshobhya hum    Aum Ratnasambhava tram    Aum Amitabha hrih    Aum Amoghasiddhi ah    Aum Vajrasattva hum        -5 Dhyani Buddhas mantra

Manjushri’s mantra  Aum ah ra pa tsa na dhih  is recited to help develop wisdom, mercy and an understanding of the scriptures.      -Messenger E C Prophet:  The Buddhic Essence, 2009, p 134   IMG_8499.JPG-Amitabha Buddha, in Prayer & Meditation, 1978

IMG_1074.JPG-Manjushri

AllSeeingEye2010.jpg all-seeing Eye by Sindelar

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And thus I come to you in deepest love so that you may understand that more important to you than service to any part of life is holding the balance for the twinflame, for the protection in life and for the clearing of the path of that one’s wholeness.  For you are held back on a daily basis by that darkness which may fill the temple of the unillumined counterpart who may yet be a part of the spirals of the world or even remaining in the astral plane between embodiments.        -Gautama Buddha:  4-5-1980 at Camelot, Los Angeles    IMG_1820.JPGIMG_1822.JPGIMG_1833.jpg-Gautama Buddha, Kuan Yin, Confucius–in Prayer & Meditation, 1978

IMG_2505.JPGsunrise near Shasta

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12-6-16    Some may think human enslavement by robot overlords. Son thinks business opportunity.    http://qz.com/856654/trump-celebrates-a-50-billion-investment-from-softbank-from-a-fund-aimed-at-replacing-doctors-and-lawyers-with-robots/

 

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