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Jul 22, 2022 06:29 PM
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China Green Bulletin: Poyang Lake Project Ignites Environmental Concerns

White cranes congregate in 2021 at Poyang Lake in Nanchang, East China’s Jiangxi province. Photo: VCG
White cranes congregate in 2021 at Poyang Lake in Nanchang, East China’s Jiangxi province. Photo: VCG

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Poyang Lake is China’s largest freshwater lake. Authorities are considering a multibillion-dollar water-control system to avoid dramatic seasonal shrinkage in the lake, located in Jiangxi province. While the provincial government said its plan will help the area adapt to climate change, some environmentalists said the structure to keep water from draining into the Yangtze River during the winter will impact 1 million migratory birds, endangered finless dolphins, fish and plant life. Read part one here and part two here for this China’s new green debate.

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