(July 5, 2008) Spanish newspaper P√∫blico reports on Beijing’s water crisis.
(July 1, 2008) According to a newly published report by Probe International, Beijing’s 200 or so rivers and streams are drying up and many of the city’s reservoirs are nearly empty.
(June 27, 2008) Chinese environmental activists are warning that the August Olympics are putting pressure on and will further exacerbate Beijing’s already severe water shortage.
(June 27, 2008) Experts predict the Chinese capital could run out of water in five to 10 years, according to Grainne Ryder, policy director at Probe International.
(June 26, 2008) Beijing’s Water Transfers Like ‘Quenching Thirst by Drinking Poison,’ Says Report
(June 26, 2008) Beijing’s policy of draining surrounding regions to ease water shortages in the ancient capital is akin to "quenching thirst by drinking poison," according to a new report by Probe International’s Beijing-based researchers. Now with a 2010 Update.
(June 26, 2008) China’s ambitious hopes for a "green" Beijing Olympics have magnified, not relieved, the city’s reckless dependence on water from strained underground supplies and a mammoth canal project, a critical report says.
(June 26, 2008) Beijing’s policy of draining surrounding regions to ease water shortages in the ancient capital is akin to "quenching thirst by drinking poison," according to a new report by Probe International’s Beijing-based researchers.
(June 26, 2008) China’s ambitious hopes for a “green” Beijing Olympics have magnified, not relieved, the city’s reckless dependence on water from strained underground supplies and a mammoth canal project, a critical reports says.
(April 2, 2008) China is planning to divert billions of gallons of water hundreds of miles from drought-stricken regions to feed Olympic development in the capital Beijing.
(August 2, 2007) An article by Science Times reporter Yi Yongyong based on a recent talk by Chinese environmentalist Wang Jian takes us through some of the water supply problems facing Beijing. Starting from the city’s pre-PRC history and moving through the half-century since, he brings us up to the present situation and speculates on the future. He focuses on two of the largest reservoirs that have until recently been among Beijing’s primary sources.
(December 12, 2006) The authorized government portal site to China, http://www.china.org.cn reports that “the water shortage in China’s capital is set to reach crisis point in 2010, when the population is expected to top 17 million — at least three million more than its resources can feed.” The article goes on to say that “the ceiling on Beijing’s population, set by the central government in 2004, is 18 million in 2020….One approach to cap the city’s population is [sic] relocate some people.”
(April 10, 2006) Beijing plans to move 220,000 people to make way for a multi-billion dollar project to transfer water from the flood-prone Yangtze river to the parched cities and farmland of the north.
(March 12, 2006) China’s government is favouring a water diversion plan once championed by Chairman Mao to help alleviate northern China’s water crisis. But, says Probe International’s Dai Qing, it doesn’t matter to the government whether it works or not.
(September 1, 2003) ‘Big engineering projects only make matters worse, causing us to reach the limits of our water resources. It is time to review our water strategy,’ says environmental consultant and author Ma Jun.