Friday, August 29, 2003

The death of China's rivers - fascinating series of articles by Jasper Becker detail China's environmental catastrophe: "China at the dawn of history was much warmer and wetter than it is today, with elephants, rhinoceroses and crocodiles living north of the Yangtze River. Five or six thousand years of cutting forests and draining marshes have changed the climate to the point where the landscape has been devastated. China has the highest ratio of actual to potential desertified land in the world, according to the World Bank."

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