(May 30, 2006) Beijing revives decades-old plans to divert water northward from the flood-prone Yangtze River basin, despite controversy.
(April 19, 2006) Environmental experts have released a report warning that massive water diversion project will worsen pollution in the Han River in central China and threaten the quality of drinking water for millions of residents in Wuhan, Hubei province.
(March 17, 2006) Excerpt from a World Bank report entitled “Action Agenda for Water Sector Strategy for North China”.
(February 21, 2006) An official report concludes that much of the water in the Yangtze River is below national standards, unfit for drinking and even “seriously dangerous,” the South China Morning Post reports.
(February 14, 2003) Record-low water levels in the Yangtze caused an oil tanker to run aground and disrupted shipping in large sections of the river this week. The severe drought, along with worsening pollution in a major Yangtze tributary, raise serious concerns about the scheme launched late last year to transfer water from the region to China’s parched north.
(August 31, 2002) An alert about industrial pollution threatening the Chinese city of Harbin has cast the spotlight on the huge challenge China faces improving its water system.
(August 2, 2002) ‘China’s growth-driven pollution of the environment, and its enormous demand for natural resources and energy, are also injecting a new and potentially disruptive element into Beijing’s relations with neighbouring states – water politics.’
(May 30, 2002) Wen Jiabao has stressed the importance of water conservation in tackling the looming environmental crisis in parched north China, while also voicing support for the controversial south-north water-diversion scheme.
(April 11, 2002) Paper and chemical plants have long been cited as key sources of degradation of most of China’s waterways. In some areas, the problems have prompted riots by residents outraged by chronic health problems and the destruction of their fields and fish farms.
(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 7, 2002) SEPA says it has received 45 accident reports, mostly water pollution, since last November when an explosion in a chemical plant on the Songhua River killed five people.
(November 7, 2001) ‘China will take into account environmental quality in evaluating work of regional officials, a measure deemed important to curb reckless pursuit of GDP growth at the cost of the environment,’ Xinhua says.
(February 17, 2001) Although he lives near the Hongze Lake, China’s fourth largest freshwater lake, Yan Fengxia still has to buy mineral water for drinking or even cooking. "Our life gets harder as fish die due to increasing water pollution," said Yan, a fishwife who has been fishing for more than 20 years on the lake, located in the middle reaches of the Huaihe River in east China’s Jiangsu Province.
(February 15, 2001) China is heading for a water pollution crisis as a booming economy raises industrial discharges and the number of incidents of toxic chemicals being spilled into rivers rises, a top environmental regulator said Thursday.
(February 1, 2001) The legislature of southern Guangdong Province, an economic engine of China, is creating a law to protect its supply of drinking water.