(September 10, 2006) ‘Under Mao, scientists were often sidelined, but now the government has realized that it needs technical expertise to solve its problems,’ said Zhao Yean, a senior member of the Yellow River Conservancy Commission.
(September 8, 2006) China will be looking to the 5th World Water Congress, held in Beijing Sep. 10-14, to tap the latest technology and attract more foreign participation in its water industry.
(September 5, 2006) China will invest billions of dollars over the next 10 years to provide drinking water for 300 million rural residents who face shortages or are without access to clean water.
(September 3, 2006) China’s top environmental watchdog has launched investigations into six of the nation’s most notorious polluters.
(August 27, 2006) A chemical spill has left one person dead and another seriously burnt, and polluted a source of drinking water for 100,000 residents in northwest China’s Shaanxi province, Xinhua reports.
(August 26, 2006) The Songhua River in northeast China has avoided a chemical pollution crisis after 10 tons of chemicals were tipped into a tributary, a state environment official said.
(August 24, 2006) China’s largest freshwater lake has fallen to record low levels as it continues to supply water to the Yangtze River’s middle reaches, which are at their lowest level in more than a century.
(August 24, 2006) In 2000, experts predicted that by 2025 one-third of the world’s population would be affected by water scarcity. The latest findings show that that forecast had come true by 2005.
(August 24, 2006) The water in China is unfit for drinking, the government admitted, as it announced plans to spend ¬£70 billion (US$132 billion) over five years on sewage and water treatment facilities.
(August 23, 2006) ‘Improving the efficiency of water use and encouraging conservation through pricing and more efficient technologies in agriculture and industry would help reduce scarcity.’
(August 22, 2006) Sizzling temperatures and the worst drought in 50 years will continue to ravage southwest China’s Sichuan province and Chongqing municipality despite showers that started on Sunday.
(August 22, 2006) Rain brought some relief from the mainland’s worst drought in 50 years to Chongqing and Sichuan province yesterday, but government officials cautioned it was too early to announce an end to the disaster.
(August 22, 2006) Corruption is draining the water sector, says the Water Integrity Network, a new organization launched to fight the dirty business.
(August 22, 2006) Water experts, NGOs and businesses are teaming up in the Water Integrity Network to fight corruption feared to be siphoning off billions of dollars from projects to supply drinking water to the Third World.
(August 22, 2006) ‘Economic growth cannot be allowed to come at a steep environmental cost,’ says Ma Jun, author of a book on China’s water crisis. ‘It is time for the government to cope with the realities of declining water stocks.’