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China drought highlights economic damage wrought by global warming

By Gloria Li, Primrose Riordan, Andy Lin

31 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

This article from the FT illustrates the impact that recent drought, likely caused by climate change, is having across China's economy.

Er Hu works in an office tower in Chongqing most days. But when forest fires erupted in the south-western Chinese city as it faced the country’s worst drought for decades, the 31-year-old visa consultant grabbed his motorbike and rode to the outskirts to help transport supplies to fight the blazes.

“There were 1,000-2,000 firefighters on the mountains but lots of motorcycle volunteers,” he said, adding that cars struggled to navigate the muddy paths.

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