Why do I find myself writing about environmental issues in China on a travel blog? Maybe because I care deeply for my ‘second home’ and I want its natural riches to be preserved, not squandered. Likewise, I hate when I hear that the Chinese government would prefer to treat the symptom, rather than the underlying cause (sound familiar?) as in this recent report that, due to severe drought conditions in Eastern China, the government will be dropping shrimp and maize by air over a region frequented by over 200,000 migrating birds, including 98 percent of the total world count of white cranes (see that beautiful creature below). Not to mention the fact that the drought (likely caused by water diversion projects as well as global climate change) is also killing off the endangered freshwater finless porpoise. But I suppose we can all just keep our heads under water for now, ignoring the fact that a culture perpetrated on endless consumerism will ultimately lead us to ask the heavens for our daily shrimp.