(September 17, 2001) Commenting on an official assessment of a controversial scheme to divert water from the Yangtze River Basin to northern China, the Vice-Minister of Water Resources, Suo Linseng, admitted to Xinhua news agency yesterday that there would be “some impact on the natural environment,” reports South China Morning Post.
(April 23, 2001) Chinese residents will be informed what will happen to their environment before a new project is launched and may offer input to a proposal as part of the project’s environmental impact assessment (EIA).
(March 7, 2001) The Three Gorges Reservoir on the Yangtze River might be taken as an additional source for the mammoth South-North Water Diversion Project, due to a declining water reserve in the original one, according to some deputies attending the ongoing annual session of the Chinese legislature.
(March 7, 2001) South-North water diversion should come from Three Gorges, CPPCC
(February 26, 2001) The Chinese government recently passed a new regulation on water management, updating its system of use permits and stipulating charges for water consumption in agriculture.
(February 17, 2001) Although he lives near the Hongze Lake, China’s fourth largest freshwater lake, Yan Fengxia still has to buy mineral water for drinking or even cooking. "Our life gets harder as fish die due to increasing water pollution," said Yan, a fishwife who has been fishing for more than 20 years on the lake, located in the middle reaches of the Huaihe River in east China’s Jiangsu Province.
(February 15, 2001) China is heading for a water pollution crisis as a booming economy raises industrial discharges and the number of incidents of toxic chemicals being spilled into rivers rises, a top environmental regulator said Thursday.
(February 1, 2001) The legislature of southern Guangdong Province, an economic engine of China, is creating a law to protect its supply of drinking water.
(January 16, 2001) China Daily reports that construction of China’s largest water diversion project is expected to begin in 2002.
(January 17, 2001) Wei Dongying dumped 30 plastic bottles from an oversized plastic bag onto her living room floor. "Look at all the different colors: red, black, yellow, brown," said Wei as she picked up the bottles containing samples of water taken from the canals and viaducts surrounding Wuli, a village of 1,500 people in eastern China.
(November 10, 2000) Stormy weather and a ‘desperate lack of funds’ are hampering efforts by engineers and locals in central China to stabilize and prevent further collapse of Yangtze riverbanks, which have already given way in seven places, Xinhua reports.
(October 16, 2000) China’s premier says local officials will be held accountable for pollution problems after the country failed to meet official environmental goals, state media reported Wednesday.
(October 3, 2000) Environmental protection NGOs are suffering from a shortage of funds and a low registration rate, while many are simply too small to have an impact, a recent survey has revealed.
(August 4, 2000) It’s safe to say that if you put Ma Jun’s face on a billboard in Beijing next to basketball star Yao Ming or screen beauty Ziyi Zhang, your average passerby wouldn’t have a clue who Ma is.
(June 23, 2000) China’s capital Beijing is suffering its worst drought in 50 years, with only 17 millimeters of rainfall reported this year, down 63 percent from the same period last year. The lack of rain is already challenging the city’s water supply, said experts at a meeting on flood control and drought prevention.