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Water in China

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — My lunch time reading today was a remarkable piece on the front page of Today's New York Times (free on line!) about the problems China is having meeting the water needs associated with its explosive growth. Their troubles make our problems seem tame:

For three decades, water has been indispensable in sustaining the rollicking economic expansion that has made China a world power. Now, China’s galloping, often wasteful style of economic growth is pushing the country toward a water crisis. Water pollution is rampant nationwide, while water scarcity has worsened severely in north China — even as demand keeps rising everywhere.

(Hat tip Kelsey.)