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China to Flatten 700 Mountains for Desert City

Opposition points to lack of water

In what's being called the largest "mountain-moving project" in the history of China, a construction company will flatten 700 mountains near Lanzhou to build a new city. The Lanzhou New Area will cover some 500 square miles in northwest China and has already attracted over $11.2 billion in new investments. But the project has also drawn criticism on environmental grounds; Lanzhou, a city of 3.6 million people, is located in the water-scarce desert of Gansu province, and has some of the worst air pollution in China. "The most important thing is to gather people in places where there is water," Liu Fuyuan, a former official at China's National Development and Reform Commission, told China Economic Weekly.

Via The Guardian

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