The Zhou river in Dazhou, Sichuan has dried up. Tom Wang
The Zhou river in Dazhou, Sichuan has dried up. Tom Wang

China drought highlights risks of relying on ‘unsustainable’ hydropower

  • Sichuan province, which relies on hydro for 80 per cent of its energy, has been forced to cut supplies because of water shortages
  • Researchers warn that the country should diversify its power supplies in case such extreme weather events become more common in future

The Zhou river in Dazhou, Sichuan has dried up. Tom Wang
The Zhou river in Dazhou, Sichuan has dried up. Tom Wang
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