The Stream, September 14, 2022: How China’s Drought May Give Us a Glimpse Into the Future

The city of Chengdu, China in 2007. Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue


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  • The British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission suspended water permits for a dozen energy companies as drought conditions continue to deplete water levels in regional rivers, streams, and lakes. Read the story
  • The west African country of Chad saw its heaviest rainfall in more than 30 years, leaving some streets navigable only by boat. Thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes. Read the story
  • In South Africa, a flood caused a mine dam wall to collapse, killing one person and injuring dozens more. Read the story.
  • In China, drought shut down factories and disrupted international supply chains. The New York Times reports this trend may become the norm as climate change worsens. Read the story.
  • India and Bangladesh signed several major agreements last week, including a renewed commitment to share the waters of the Kushiyara River. Read the story.
  • Power blackouts and water supply cuts hit residents in Ukraine’s northeastern region of Kharkiv amid Russian attacks on infrastructure sites. Read the story.

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