China Has Lost 55 Percent Of Its Most Valuable Resource

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A few days ago I had a conversation with the Chief Operating Officer for our agricultural fund in Chile.

We were discussing water, and he told me that roughly 60% of California right now is suffering “extreme drought” conditions. 30% of the state is in “severe drought”. And 10% of the state is only under “drought”.

In other words, roughly the entire state– the 8th largest economy in the world– is facing a severe shortage of water.

But if you think that’s bad, China is about to take over the spotlight yet again.

A study by China’s Ministry of Water Resources found that approximately 55% of China’s 50,000 rivers that existed in the 1990s have disappeared.

Moreover, China is over-exploiting its groundwater by 22 billion cubic meters per year; yet its per-capita water consumption is less than one third of the global average.

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1 thought on “China Has Lost 55 Percent Of Its Most Valuable Resource”

  1. The human race has all the water that they could possibly use in 100 generations of people.
    It is tied up in our oceans. That is the real problem. It is not that easy to extract good water from salt water. It currently is too expensive to do so.
    6/7ths of the entire planet is covered in oceans of one kind or another. How does it become fresh water? It condenses into clouds in the sky and then it rains. The rain does not have much mineral or salt content in it.
    When it doesn’t rain, we all have serious problems.
    Every person needs to contribute to finding a way to unlocking that salt water for use on our farms all over the planet. It has to be done very carefully. Entire ecosystems are dependent on deserts all over the world. South America is one example of this. The African Sahara contributes a lot to the South American Climate. At least that is what National Geographic says in their tv articles.
    Our planet rotates in a certain direction. That direction creates winds that go in the opposite direction. Most of our weather conditions come from the west and southwest here in Ohio. When the oil spill hit the Gulf of Mexico it destroyed those conditions temporarily. We had crazy dry weather.
    There are two major current systems. One comes out of the Gulf of Mexico and heats the entire western part of Europe and Britain. That is why they do not have temperatures like you get in Montreal, Canada. The temperatures are normally much milder.
    That same oil spill disrupted that current and caused much colder temperatures.
    It all has to do with the density of things. I am no chemist. I think any chemist or physics major could give a better description of what happened in the Gulf.
    Japan is the other current benefactor. Weather people could give you a better description than I can. Korea next door gets temperatures sometimes close to 40 degrees fahrenheit below zero. And that is with high winds.
    Those reactors that are out of control will change the weather patterns of the entire world eventually. The immediate concern is China. If the winds go west to east, that is a bit of a stretch. I think it is happening though.
    I suggest we have to get engineers working on the problem of releasing more ocean water into drinking quality water in a way that makes it reasonably cheap to do. That is the current problem. Because no one is doing it.

    We have to make use of the resources we have. Those oceans are a part of those resources.
    Even if we lowered the oceans by 60 or more feet world wide it would be worth it.
    The key is if we change the weather, it has to be in such a way that we do not create monster weather in other parts of the Earth.

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