(January 17, 2002) A new report raises fresh concerns about the potential health risks of the massive Three Gorges Dam. Critics of the project fear clean-up funds allocated by the Chinese government will not be enough. Canadian environmental group Probe International says in 2000, Chinese academics pleaded for $37 billion for environmental projects relating to the dam’s construction.
(January 17, 2002) China’s State Environmental Protection Administration wants local authorities to report environmental accidents within an hour so it can better inform the public of impending disasters.
(October 15, 2001) A spill at a chemical plant in northwest China’s Shaanxi province has contaminated the Wuding River with 2,000 tons of alkaline waste.
(June 4, 2001) Russia’s natural resources minister is embarking Tuesday on a working visit to neighboring China, where he will meet with officials to discuss common environmental issues.
(June 3, 2001) Nine major industrial plants in the southern city of Guangzhou will be removed from the city’s urban centre by 2010 as part of an anti-pollution drive, sources with the Guangzhou environmental protection department said recently.
(May 31, 2001) Water pollution is suspected in Mudanjiang, Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, as unidentified flocs – suspended aggregate particles – have been detected at a water supply source since Sunday, the city government said yesterday.
(May 15, 2001) There are days in Beijing the smog is so thick residents can stare straight at the sun. Residents of the 2008 Olympic Games host city watch the air quality index like they do the weather forecast.
(May 6, 2001) An unknown substance found near the water source of Mudanjiang City, the third largest city in Heilongjiang Province, turned out to be a micro-organism that multiplied because of waste from a wine maker, according to local sources.
(April 20, 2001) … Although China has stepped up efforts to clean up its rivers and crack down on plants that pose obvious environmental safety risks, progress has stalled due to a lack of funds and professional personnel.
(January 30, 2001) A reporter revealed Shanghai’s dirty secret live on national television yesterday by criticising the city’s drinking water quality in a question to Premier Wen Jiabao about the mainland’s environmental pollution.
(January 16, 2001) Although he lives beside the Yellow River, China’s second longest and popularly known as China’s Mother river, Du Ping is very concerned about water supply, which was the cause in a drop of his income last year. The farmer in Chongxing Town, northwestern China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, used to plant rice on his third of a hectare farm, but switched to maize last year as it requires less water.
(November 16, 2000) By 2008, more than 6,000 households along the Tarim River in Xinjiang will have been resettled and cultivation forbidden on the banks of the depleted waterway.
(September 6, 2000) The stench from Dian Lake smothers the tiny farming hamlets that dot its shores. Until 2002, the lake supplied drinking water to Kunming, the scenic capital of southern Yunnan Province, and provided a rich bounty for fishermen and a playground for tourists.