Tag: pollution

Drought, pollution could jeopardize water-transfer scheme

(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.

Yangtze River pollution at dangerous levels

(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.

China battles against water shortages

(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.