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Water Shortages

  1. China Desalinating Water from the Ocean (CBS News)
      "China plans to use desalinated seawater to combat water shortages in coastal areas, producing up to 250 million gallons of water per day by 2010, a news report said Tuesday." 11-05

  2. China Running Out of Water Quickly (
      "The decline in China's capacity to irrigate its crops-signs of which include the drying-up of rivers and wells all over the northern region of the country-is coming at a time when depleted world grain stocks are near an all-time low. With its booming economy and huge trade surpluses, China can survive its water shortages by simply importing more of its food, because it can afford to pay more for grain. But low-income countries with growing grain deficits may not be able to pay these higher prices. For the 1.3 billion of the world's people who live on $1 a day or less, higher grain prices could quickly become life threatening. The problem is now so clearly linked to global security that the U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC) the umbrella over all U.S. intelligence agencies, has begun to monitor the situation with the kind of attention it once focused on Soviet military maneuvers."


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