(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.