(July 14, 2007) The top environmental official has called for improved measures to protect the country’s lakes, warning that a major outbreak of blue-green algae may hit the nation’s three major water systems.
(June 12, 2007) Five officials in east China’s Yixing city have been punished in the wake of the Taihu Lake pollution crisis that choked off freshwater supply to more than 2 million people, local government say.
(May 23, 2007) China’s environmental situation is deteriorating, with several major rivers and lakes clogged by industrial waste, state media said Tuesday.
(May 11, 2007) In the past 12 months, some 120 million tons of household sewage, mostly untreated, have been released into the Yellow River in Lanzhou, capital of Gansu Province in Northwest China, a report by China Central Television (CCTV) said on Wednesday.
(May 11, 2007) A study was conducted last year of 30 of the country’s major rivers that carry processed water to the sea. Their combined run-off volume accounted for 81.5 percent of the nation’s total.
(April 27, 2007) China’s State Environment Protection Administration will enact a new measure from May 1, 2008, asking China’s environmental departments and polluters to publish information regarding environmental degradation and pollution.
(April 26, 2007) A top Chinese environmental official said on Wednesday that greater citizen involvement was needed to rein in the country’s powerful polluters as he announced new transparency rules.
(March 6, 2007) The prime minister, Wen Jiabao, issued an environmental wake-up call to China yesterday, saying the world’s fastest-expanding economy had to move away from red-hot growth towards a greener, leaner, slower model of development.
(March 6, 2007) Chinese officials fanned out at the start of the annual session of parliament to pledge concrete steps to implement Premier Wen Jiabao’s demand that China do more to protect the environment while keeping the economy growing.
(March 5, 2007) Prime Minister Wen Jiabao conceded Monday that China was failing on important energy and pollution goals and declared that the country must become more energy-efficient and quickly improve environmental protection to safeguard the long-term health of its booming economy.
(February 27, 2007) A senior environmental official has called on the legislature to amend its 17-year-old environmental law in order to make government officials accountable for pollution. "The government’s refusal or failure to fulfil its environmental responsibilities has seriously set back China’s environmental protection efforts," said Pan Yue, deputy director of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA).
(February 5, 2007) Following the release of an authoritative United Nations report that unequivocally links human activities with climate change, the rulers of the world’s most populous country are faced with the quandary of balancing prosperity against pollution.
(January 30, 2007) China has failed to make any progress in protecting the environment in the past three years, state media on Monday cited an official report as saying, despite government pledges to put the issue at the top of its agenda.
(January 29, 2007) In 2006 China ranked 100th of 118 countries in terms of environmental protection, the same as three years earlier, this according to a joint report by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and mainland universities.
(January 26, 2007) Jilin Petrochemical, a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corp, was ordered to pay one million yuan (US$128,000) for polluting the Songhua River in 2005. That amount is the maximum possible fine but has never been imposed before on corporate polluters.