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How China’s Extreme Weather Summer Is Affecting Its Security_The Diplomat

23 September 2022

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Climate shocks are impacting China’s energy, water, and food security ambitions. This summer has been China’s driest and hottest since consistent records began being kept in 1961. The severe heatwave resulted in and continues to exacerbate a drought. Even as the heatwave eases, water levels continue to drop in China’s biggest freshwater lake, Poyang Lake, and other parts of the Yangtze River Basin (YRB). Estimates from the South China Morning Post (SCMP) suggest that the current heatwave has affected over 900 million people in more than 17 provinces and an estimated 2.2 million hectares of agricultural land in China. Aside from a significant reduction in hydropower production and subsequent power shortages, raising questions over the country’s energy security, it has also caused concerns over China’s water and food security.

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food security china environment climate change sustainability water hydropower drought water management water scarcity energy security floods water resources water governance water security southern china northern china yangtze river basin yangtze river

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