The Guardian had some gloomy pictures before Christmas of lakes across the world as they once were and now are.

The picture is of Poyang Lake.  The commentary says:

“China’s largest freshwater lake has been shrinking dramatically since the start of the century.  At one point, the lake covered 4,500 square kilometres but its surface has been recently recorded as low as 200 square kilometres.  The main reasons for this dramatic decrease are diversions from the Yangtze River, a prolonged dry season, and industrial activities.”

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