IRKUTSK, Russia — A Chinese proposal to pump water from Lake Baikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and carry it across two borders to help alleviate water shortages seems to be a real problem solver.
The Russian lake holds roughly 20% of the world’s total unfrozen freshwater, which would be carried to northwestern China and Mongolia, helping agriculture as well as thirsty people and industries along the way.
For Russia, selling this water could strengthen the country’s economic presence in China and Mongolia.
According to the Global Times, an affiliate of the Communist Party-run People’s Daily, authorities in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu Province in northwestern China, are now considering a 1,000km pipeline that would transport the water.
But the lake itself appears to be in trouble.