(January 19, 2006) Shanghai’s Tongji University and the United Nations are to jointly run an ecology and sustainable development institute, scheduled to open in October. Among other projects, it will monitor the environmental impact of the Three Gorges dam.
(January 18, 2006) “PUC colluded with BEL to gouge customers . . . it gave BEL a blank check.”
(January 5, 2006) Environmentalists are becoming more active in China but they are forced to keep their activities to a small scale, John Gittings writes.
(December 26, 2005) As with the Three Gorges project, China’s south-north water transfer scheme would endanger a vast number of cultural relics. Sites to be submerged contain dinosaur-egg fossils dating back 60 million years and human skeletons from the Stone Age.
(February 7, 2005) The final G7 communiqué is just another step in a direction that has already shown itself to be far wide of any real intention to totally cancel the debt.
(January 4, 2005) World Bank President James Wolfensohn says he will not seek a third term at the helm of one of the world’s most important financial institutions, as Bank watchers say he is leaving a mixed legacy marred by a series of failures and disappointments for the world’s fight against poverty.
(April 20, 2004) A debt relief program for the world’s poorest countries is facing a $7.8 billion funding shortfall, mostly from the World Bank, a U.S. Congressional watchdog told lawmakers on Tuesday.
(September 1, 2003) ‘Big engineering projects only make matters worse, causing us to reach the limits of our water resources. It is time to review our water strategy,’ says environmental consultant and author Ma Jun.
(February 14, 2003) Record-low water levels in the Yangtze caused an oil tanker to run aground and disrupted shipping in large sections of the river this week. The severe drought, along with worsening pollution in a major Yangtze tributary, raise serious concerns about the scheme launched late last year to transfer water from the region to China’s parched north.
(January 17, 2003) Beijingers have been warned against regarding the south-north water-transfer scheme as an excuse to waste more water, while continuing to neglect water-saving strategies.
(November 3, 2002) US plans to ditch industry rivals and force end of Opec, write Peter Beaumont and Faisal Islam.
(September 11, 2002) ‘China will construct the world’s biggest inter-valley water market based on its gigantic south-to-north water diversion project,’ XInhua reports.
(August 31, 2002) An alert about industrial pollution threatening the Chinese city of Harbin has cast the spotlight on the huge challenge China faces improving its water system.
(August 30, 2002) ‘China’s central government … worked to explain why officials waited 10 days before informing people in Harbin that the blast several kilometers up the Songhua River had dumped dangerous amounts of poisonous, cancer-causing benzene into the waterway.’
(August 13, 2002) This paper examines the case for eliminating illegitimate or odious debt. The argument is that the population of a country is not responsible for loans taken out by an illegitimate government that did not have the right to borrow ‘in its name.’