China’s Coal-Fired Economy Dying of Thirst as Mines Lack Water

China’s Coal-Fired Economy Dying of Thirst as Mines Lack Water

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Laborers work to load a construction beam at the site of South-to-North Water Diversion Project in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province. To alleviate the water shortage in the north, the central government in 2002 approved the 500 billion yuan project, the largest irrigation project in the world.