China drought highlights future climate threats

Nature: Born into a farming family in south Yunnan province, China, Zhu Youyong's life has always been tied to the soil. At the age of 54, however, Zhu -- now president of Yunnan Agricultural University in Kunming -- says he "has never seen such severe drought in Yunnan". Since last September, the province has had 60% less rainfall than normal. According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, 8.1 million people -- 18% of Yunnan's population -- are short of drinking water, and US$2.5-billion worth ......

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