(October 27, 2006) Chinese joint ventures with global corporations such as Panasonic, Pepsi-Cola and Nestle are among 33 multinational companies that various levels of government have blacklisted for causing water pollution, according to a non-governmental organization.
(October 27, 2006) A government blacklist uncovered by accident names 33 multinationals in China, including four of the world’s top 500 companies, that have broken the country’s water pollution laws in the past three years.
(October 25, 2006) It’s a busy season for audacious plans in China. Having accomplished an engineering marvel in laying a railway line to the roof of the world, Chinese scientists are dreaming up ever more fantastic plans in other spheres of endeavour, some of which, if implemented, would have worrisome implications for India.
(October 25, 2006) A controversial scheme to channel water from Tibet to the parched Yellow River in western China is unnecessary and anyway not feasible, China’s top water resources minister said on Tuesday.
(October 23, 2006) Along the central route of China’s South-North Water Diversion Project, the excavation of cultural relics and the construction of the trunk canal are under way simultaneously.
(September 26, 2006) The new China Water Pollution Map enables users to survey water quality, monitor pollution discharges, and track pollution sources using digital mapping.
(September 20, 2006) The Beijing-based Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, run by author Ma Jun, has launched a ‘name and shame’ website that lists more than 2,500 companies it accuses of polluting the country’s fragile water system.
(September 20, 2006) ‘To pollute the rivers just took a few years or a few days, but to turn the river clean will take more than a decade to complete,’ a SEPA official said.
(September 19, 2006) ‘There needs to be a major shift in the way of doing things — no longer trying just to get permission [for a project] but to lead efforts for public participation,’ says environmental advocate Ma Jun.
(September 15, 2006) Official dereliction of duty has been blamed for a mass poisoning case triggered by a factory in Gansu province that belched out 800 times the acceptable level of lead
(September 15, 2006) ‘When the nearby river was first polluted by wastewater from the plant, a villager reported to the higher authorities about the pollution. … Unfortunately, he was viewed by most villagers as crazy.’
(September 14, 2006) Construction of the Henan province section of the central route of China’s south-north water diversion project will kick off by the end of September, Xinhua reports.
(September 13, 2006) It is not realistic to alleviate China’s water shortage in cities by digging channels to divert water from other regions, Vice-Minister of Construction Qiu Baoxing told a meeting in Beijing. ‘That would disturb the natural water cycle.’
(September 12, 2006) ‘We are really concerned about the western route of the south-north water transfer project. We wonder whether the proposed scheme could do little or nothing to save the Yellow River, and end up destroying the Yangtze instead.’
(September 10, 2006) China will tighten pollution controls over the next five years to provide safe drinking water to its poor, populous countryside, Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan said at the opening of the five-day World Water Congress in Beijing.