China’s largest lake may vanish in 200 years

China's largest lake may vanish in two centuries even as the government pledges US$870 million to stop it shrinking, Xinhua news agency said on Friday.
Desertification had been brought about by overgrazing around Lake Qinghai, in the remote western province of Qinghai, which is at the crossroads of several bird migration routes across Asia and is about 360 kilometres in circumference.
Overfishing has also reduced the catch of the unusual scaleless naked carp in the lake to just 10% of what it was 40 years ago, Xinhua said on its Web site ( www.xinhuanet.com).
Over the next 10 years the government has pledged 6.8 billion yuan (US$871.4 million) to address the lake’s environmental problems, Xinhua added.