December 12, 2007 One of China's most pressing problems is a shortage of water across its northern region. Water levels in the Yellow River are low and farmers face difficulties irrigating their fields. The shortages highlight the sharp divide between rural and urban China.
December 11, 2007 All along China's mother river, serious air and water pollution — the high cost of China's breakneck industrial growth — is evident. The environmental damage has catalyzed activists, but even those who worry acknowledge the contradictions of development.
December 10, 2007 Over the centuries, the floodwaters of China's Yellow River have claimed millions of lives. Now, the problem has reversed: The river is drying up due to ecological damage, forcing nomadic Tibetans to give up their traditional way of life.