Resource June 29, 2020

Meet the Journalist: Ian Teh


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A journey to the headwaters of northern China’s most important river. The Yellow River’s...

The Yellow River winds through the edge of the recently formed desert at an altitude of more than 4,000 meters on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Image by Ian Teh. China, 2018.

The Yellow River traverses north China, a water-scarce region where nearly half of the country's population and industry reside. The Chinese per-capita water supply is a quarter of the world average, with the arid north enduring on merely 14 percent of the country's water. After decades of unchecked development, the river continues its struggle for survival. Today, that fight has escalated to its headwaters on the Tibetan Plateau. Here, at an average altitude of 4,500 meters, patches of degraded land have connected to form vast deserts. 


A yellow elephant


Environment and Climate Change

Environment and Climate Change