The International Water Management Institute reported in 2003 that on the North China Plain-home to 200 million people and source of more than half the country’s wheat-streamflow had virtually stopped by 2000 because of diversions and factory usage. Beneath the plain, aquifer levels are plummeting because of the irrigation which feeds 70pc of the region’s crops, according to Australian hydrologist Ray Evans of Sinclair Knight Merz.

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Source: http://sl.farmonline.com.au/news/nationalrural/gra

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