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Yellow River elegy (25 Oct 2001)

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Looks at environmental problems facing China's Yellow River, which has been the cradle of civilization and a vital source of irrigation for China. But now the nation's second longest waterway may be on its last legs. Between 1972 and 1998, the river's flow has been disrupted 21 times due to desert expansion along the banks of its upper reaches, resulting in a rise in sludge and a drop in water level. As the river slows down, it evaporates more quickly. Grassland along its banks deteriorate, while poisonous weeds and rats proliferate. Environmentalists say ecological imbalances have unleashed a vicious problem that is cyclic in nature.

Program: 
Pearl Report
Publish Date: 
Thursday, October 25, 2001
Station: 
TVB
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