(May 30, 2006) Beijing revives decades-old plans to divert water northward from the flood-prone Yangtze River basin, despite controversy.
Probe International Special Report: Grainne Ryder argues that China’s new electricity regulator should initiate a full-cost review of state dam-building in earthquake-prone Yunnan province.
(May 13, 2006) China needs advice on environmental protection, especially in the development of western region, Xie Zhenhua, director of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) told a group of Chinese and foreign environmental experts in Beijing Tuesday.
(May 7, 2006) Construction of China’s largest water diversion project expected to begin next year, channeling water from the Yangtze River for thirsty people and scorched lands to the north.
(May 4, 2006) Officials in charge of China’s massive south-north water diversion scheme have had to revise the project’s first phase budget up by around 80 percent.
(April 19, 2006) Environmental experts have released a report warning that massive water diversion project will worsen pollution in the Han River in central China and threaten the quality of drinking water for millions of residents in Wuhan, Hubei province.
(April 19, 2006) A widely publicised effort to clean up the Huai River has failed, according to a whistle-blowing official who contradicted glowing reports published in the People’s Daily.
(April 12, 2006) Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji says a growing water shortage is among main problems.
(April 10, 2006) Beijing plans to move 220,000 people to make way for a multi-billion dollar project to transfer water from the flood-prone Yangtze river to the parched cities and farmland of the north.
(April 6, 2006) China will speed up a “mega-project” to divert billions of cubic metres of water from the Yangtze to the Yellow River, despite serious concern about the environmental consequences.
(March 17, 2006) Excerpt from a World Bank report entitled “Action Agenda for Water Sector Strategy for North China”.
(March 12, 2006) China’s government is favouring a water diversion plan once championed by Chairman Mao to help alleviate northern China’s water crisis. But, says Probe International’s Dai Qing, it doesn’t matter to the government whether it works or not.
(March 2, 2006) Despite concerns among environmental experts that cheaper, safer alternatives are being overlooked, officials have announced they are firmly embarked on the massive south-north water transfer scheme, aimed at solving China’s deepening water crisis.
(February 23, 2006) Beijing announces plans to spend US$48 million in the next few years shoring up embankments and building water-control projects.
(February 21, 2006) An official report concludes that much of the water in the Yangtze River is below national standards, unfit for drinking and even “seriously dangerous,” the South China Morning Post reports.