In the past two months, hundreds of cities in China have experienced high temperatures above 104℉ (40℃), 66 rivers have dried up, and the water level in parts of the Yangtze River basin has dropped to its lowest level in 157 years. The regime officially said that this year was the hottest since there was a complete meteorological record in 1961. But this is not the case. The international scientific journal “New Scientist” reported on August 23rd that the high temperature in China is the worst in human history.
The New Scientist reported that Maximiliano Herrera, a Spanish climatologist and weather historian specializing in monitoring extreme weather, stated that there has never been such a large area, such a prolonged duration, and such a fierce intensity of high temperature in the world’s meteorological history. The historical heat waves are not worth mentioning compared with China’s current wave of high temperatures.
Although the officials turned a blind eye, cases of high-temperature deaths continued to be reported. For example, on the 22nd, a Weibo user posted that a taxi driver in Chongqing died of heat in his car.
The Weibo user said he heard a sad story. A security guard noticed a taxi stopped on the side of the road for a long time and reported it to the police. Police discovered that the taxi driver had been dead for many hours. It is believed that the driver’s family lives in Shapingba. After returning home last week, the driver was afraid of losing his job and being unable to earn money, so he always ate and slept in the car. Perhaps to save money, he didn’t turn on the air-con in the car when there were no passengers. Imagine how heartbroken the driver’s family will be. Droughts, high temperatures, and the Zero-COVID policy make people’s lives miserable.
On August 23rd, posted footage showed Chongqing citizens lining up in the record high temperature for nucleic acid testing; behind them can be seen a blazing wildfire.
In another video, there are near a thousand people on the scene protesting against Nucleic acid testing.
However, Free Asia interviewed residents of Shapingba and Nan’an Districts in Chongqing. They all said that they had never heard of anyone who did not do the nucleic test because if they didn’t, they wouldn’t have a health code and wouldn’t be able to travel normally.
Not only mentioning the current difficulties of the Chinese people, but some scholars have also warned that this round of high temperatures has exacerbated China’s water crisis. It is more likely to cause food shortages, supply chain chaos, and even cause economic and political turmoil worldwide.
Gabriel Collins of the Center for Public Policy at Rice University in the United States and Gopal Reddy, founder of the Climate Change Research Platform, jointly wrote on “Foreign Policy” that water seems to be a bland resource. But there is no substitute, especially as China consumes 10 billion barrels of water every day (31.5 gallons to a barrel) which is 700 times China’s crude oil consumption. Even without this drought, China’s water resources have long faced the dilemma of unsustainable use.
The article said that according to the standards of the U.S Department of Economic and Social Affairs, when the annual water supply in an area falls below 500 cubic meters per person, it is termed “absolutely scarce water resources.” According to statistics, in 2020, the North China Plain residents could only get 253 cubic meters of water per person per year. The water shortage can be seen.
At present, southern China is experiencing a significant drought, and the problem of over-pumping groundwater in the north has always been the core of China’s water resources crisis. The article said that scholars estimate that by 2030, China’s water supply will be 25% short of its water demand.
At the beginning of this year, Argentina reduced corn production by 33% due to drought. If North China experiences a bad situation for groundwater, it will also suffer a similar reduction in output as Argentina. And the impact on the international market will be even more severe. The article calculates that China will need to buy 20% of its corn and 13% of its wheat from the international market. It will significantly impact hundreds of millions of low-income consumers worldwide. Corn is a staple food in Latin America, wheat affects the Middle East and North Africa, and rice is a staple food for all of Asia.
In addition to the food problem, the water crisis has also hit the energy sector. Nearly 90% of China’s electricity supply is from hydroelectric power. The article said that China’s energy shortage would affect its people’s lives and the global supply chain because 65% of China’s energy consumption is industrial electricity.
The article warns that China’s drought may disrupt food supplies and critical industrial raw materials on several continents. In addition, the CCP always conceals the truth of any incident. Therefore, the water resources problem observed by the outside world may be just the tip of the iceberg. This lack of transparency increases the possibility that the world will be ill-prepared for such a catastrophe.