National Geographic : 2017 Jul
Rapid development is fueling China’s rise. Part of the cost has been damage to the Yellow River, one of the country’s most vital natural resources. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY IAN TEH Officials in Qinghai Province say rising levels in Ngoring Lake, in the Yellow River Basin, prove that environmental efforts are working. But scientists say the effects of climate change—thawing permafrost, more rain and snow—are more likely responsible.