It seems the Earth is always kicking up something for humans to worry about. If it is not a hurricane, typhoon, or cyclone then it is a tsunami, volcano, flood, or the opposite a multiyear drought. The larger the country, the more problems it must deal with. For instance in the United States we have a very large country, and as you know we deal with hurricanes, floods, wildfires, droughts, tornadoes, and earthquakes. Russia is also a large country and it deals with droughts, wildfires, blizzards, and the like.
Another huge country would be China, and although they have built some of the largest infrastructure projects to attempt to tame Mother Nature, it doesn't always work out that way. There was an interesting article in Terra Daily on June 13, 2011 written by the Staff Writers out of Beijing titled; "China Warns of More Rain After Deadly Floods" which discussed how the country has recently gone from severe droughts, almost to the point of not being able to water their crops, or deliver water to their cities, to severe flooding in some regions.
If you will recall there was a major challenge with producing the energy needed to run all the Chinese factories. This is because there wasn't enough water to let out of the dams to run the hydroelectric power plants, which China is known for. Indeed, letting too much water out of the reservoirs could also cause landslides along the edges, which would be problematic in every regard. Therefore when the water got down to a low level, the authorities had no choice but to close off the Hydro plants - no power generation.
China also has the largest number of coal-fired plants in the world, which puts out the most CO2, which doesn't make the global warming alarmists too happy, nor is it very good for human health with all the soot in the air. Nevertheless they had to run those at full tilt, and continue to build coal-fired plants, and then import that coal from all over the world because they couldn't produce it fast enough in country.
Now then, we are just getting into the typhoon season in China, and even though many typhoons don't end up hitting mainland China, as they first hit the islands of other nations offshore, the power from those storms still ends up hitting China's coast, and taking lots of clouds inland causing torrential rain. In the first two weeks of June 2011 there was flooding in 13 regions, killing about 100 people and wiping out some one and a half million acres of farmland.
Yes, it's good to have the water so they can run their Hydro plants again, but the water levels in many of the rivers that feed into the Yangtze River along with the Yangtze itself are at near overflow points. And the rainy season is just starting, and there will be many typhoons this season, and it just goes to show you that if you live in a large country; if it's not one thing, it's another. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.
Author: Lance Winslow
Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank. Lance Winslow believes writing 23,777 articles by 7 PM on June 27, 2011 is going to be difficult because all the letters on his keyboard are now worn off now..
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