A solitary man and an ox cart travel across an area where locals went fishing less than a year ago in Damoguzhen County, Yunnan. 'The old folk say it has never dried up in their lifetimes.' Photograph: Jonathan Watts / Guardian

A solitary man and an ox cart travel across an area where locals went fishing less than a year ago in Damoguzhen County, Yunnan. 'The old folk say it has never dried up in their lifetimes.' Photograph: Jonathan Watts / Guardian

Drought in south-west China and the Mekong basin

2 comments :

  1. Perry said...

    Jim, this is old news. It's from April. Recently it rained in South China (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65N1NO20100624). Unfortunately that's not good news either, I'm afraid.  

  2. Jim said...

    True enough, and thanks for the link. But keep in mind that it will take more than one season of rain to reverse the trend of this historic drought.

    I'd like to see how this latest China flooding fits in with the record. Anecdotally, it sure seems like we're seeing the pattern predicted by climate-change: record-breaking droughts punctuated by record-breaking floods.  

 

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