(April 11, 2010) The large amounts of floating garbage brought by the summer floods which had accumulated at China’s Three Gorges Dam has reportedly been cleared to ensure the normal operation of its generators and system of boat channels, the local authorities said.
(February 23, 2007) China is on alert this year for the extremes of natural disasters. Water Resources Vice Minister E Jingping has warned local governments of the increasing possibility of floods in major rivers, and droughts elsewhere.
(October 20, 2006) The Yangtze River and Pearl River estuaries have been listed as newly registered “dead zones,” according to a study released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
(August 14, 2006) The Yangtze is in the grip of a rare drought, with water in many sections of the river at historically low levels. Navigation authorities have reinforced patrols along the waterway, warning vessels against running aground.
(August 14, 2006) Lack of rain and heatwave making safe drinking water scarce.
(July 25, 2006) The Yangtze River estuary will undergo its third major dredging over the next three years.
(July 24, 2006) Forestry and water-control projects are helping to keep silt at a stable level on the Yangtze River, particularly near the Three Gorges dam, the official Chinese news agency says.
(July 3, 2006) Viewpoint Beijing’s determination to modernise the Yangtze will transform the mainland’s economic landscape over the next 20 years.
(March 23, 2006) China is stepping up its fight against sewage and waste in the Yangtze River in answer to growing public concern about ecological disaster.
(March 12, 2006) China and the UN are preparing an ambitious plan to prevent any repetition of the disastrous 1998 floods on the Yangtze river.
(February 22, 2006) Chinese scientists recently measured the length of the Yangtze River, China’s longest river, and found that it is 80-some kilometres shorter than believed.
(December 13, 2005) The flood crests surging down the Yangtze present a political test for Premier Zhu Rongji and his supporters, who have been trying to take the greener path to ease the toll of perennial summer floods.
(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 16, 2002) A Chinese government agency issued a remarkably bleak assessment of pollution on the Yangtze River on Tuesday, raising new concerns about the cleanliness of the reservoir that will soon collect behind the massive Three Gorges Dam.
(October 31, 2000) Twenty major factories, including 11 along the Yangtze River, must take immediate steps to address serious environmental safety problems, SEPA announces.