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1 August 2006 The Headwater Loss of the Western Plateau Exacerbates China's Long Thirst
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China is a country poor in water resources, with an annual 2800 km3 of freshwater storage and 2300 m3 of water availability per capita. Both the water shortage and low use efficiency make modern China thirsty. Furthermore, the loss of glaciers and wetlands in the western plateau that feed the major rivers of China as their headwaters will exacerbate this thirst in the future. Although groundwater might be tapped as a resource, most regions already use their aquifers excessively. China needs to focus on its urgent water-shortage problems to safeguard its booming economy and to contribute more to world development.

Shuqing An, Zhongsheng Wang, Changfang Zhou, Baohua Guan, Zifa Deng, Yingbiao Zhi, Yuhong Liu, Chi Xu, Shubo Fang, Zheng Xu, Haibo Yang, Fude Liu, Jianwei Zheng, and Hongli Li "The Headwater Loss of the Western Plateau Exacerbates China's Long Thirst," AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment 35(5), 271-272, (1 August 2006). https://doi.org/10.1579/05-S-110.1
Published: 1 August 2006
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