LONDON (AlertNet) – Efforts to feed an extra 2 billion people by mid-century could lead to widespread destruction of forests, wetlands and other natural systems that protect and regulate the world’s water, researchers warn.
The $62-billion South-North Water Diversion, which will bring water to the parched capital, is being compared to the Great Wall. But environmentalists are up in arms about the 'replumbing' of the nation's great rivers.
Engineer Han Jiping in an aqueduct being built in China’s Henan province. Water will be rerouted from the wet south to the dry north. (Jonathan Watts, unknown / September 29, 2010)