The river system of the People's Republic of China

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Lower reaches of Yellow River could be dry in 2020
AFP, 22 July 1998. The river, which began to experience dry spells in 1972, was dry last year for a record 226 days due to the worst drought for 20 years. Frequent droughts and excessive use of water by industries and farming had greatly reduced the river's volume.
Floods cost China dear
BBC News, 24 August 1998. China is facing financial catastrophe as flood waters continue to wreak havoc across some of the country's most fertile agricultural land and most important industrial regions. A greater acceptance of the scale of the disaster and acknowledging that deforestation may have played a part.
Flood Disaster Reveals Beijing's Debts to Nature
By Antoaneta Bezlova, IPS, 10 September 1998. Ma Yongshun was respected as a national model for heeding Mao Zedong's creed that ‘man can conquer nature*#8217; and proceeding to fell 36,000 trees. This helped power China's economic growth, but after he retired in 1982, Ma decided to pay back his debt to nature and started an afforestation program in China's northeast.
China drafts law to save Yellow River
By Christiaan Virant, Reuters, [20 October 1998]. Chinese conservationists are drafting the nation's first river protection law in a desperate bid to save the once-ferocious Yellow River that is now running dry. The draft would increase central government control over water allocation from the river as well as substantially increase prices for water use.
Degradation Melts Yangtze's Might
By Bao Jiannu, IPS, 18 January 1999. The ecology of the Jianggudiru Glacier source area for China's longest river, the Yangtze, seems to be deteriorating fast. This may mean disaster for millions of Chinese.