(February 24, 2011) Beijing-based water expert Wang Jian recounts how decades of environmental degradation have dried up Beijing’s “Mother River.”
(January 11, 2011) Wang Jian, who studies Beijing’s water consumption for the NGO Green SOS, estimated that city could save 190 million cubic meters of water annually if residents used it less extravagantly. That figure is double the capacity of the Guanting Reservoir.
(November 6, 2010) It might be the most ambitious construction project in China since the Great Wall.
(September 20, 2010) China is engaged on the world’s most ambitious replumbing scheme.
(September 10, 2010) Officials are taking what many experts say are dangerous steps to combat Beijing’s worsening water crisis, writes Li Shuang in Global Times.
(September 9, 2010) Specialists say a ton of desalinated water currently costs between 5 and 7 yuan in China, without including the costs of fixed investments, while water from the South-North project may end up costing more than 10 yuan per ton, writes Luo Jieqi in Caixin Online.
(August 16, 2010) Massive infrastructure projects are not a viable solution to China’s water crisis, writes Toh Han Shih in the South China Morning Post.
(July 31, 2010) Officials in Beijing are once again looking to neighbouring provinces for help in dealing with the capital city’s worsening water crisis, writes the Epoch Times.
(June 29, 2010) Wang Jian, a Beijing-based water specialist, traced the Yongdinghe River to its source in Ningwu County of northern China’s Shanxi Province in mid-2007, where he discovered the groundwater system had been destroyed by coal mining and soil erosion from over-farming and the felling of forest trees.
(July 8, 2010) ‘Dashengzhuang, in Xihongmen town in Beijing’s Daxing district, has guards at its entrance and people are only allowed in after showing a pass which includes the holder’s name, sex, ethnic background, hometown, occupation, identity card number and mobile phone number. The village is closed between 11pm and 6am.
(July 8, 2010) This has been the hottest early July in 50 years for the capital city of Beijing, with the downtown temperature hitting 42.9 degrees Celsius on Monday. The extreme heat caused water and power cuts in many residential complexes, The Beijing News reported.
(June 3, 2010) Moving water from the Yangtze River across half of China to its parched north is a massive technical and engineer undertaking – but authorities are finding a greater challenge in resettling the people whose homes are in the path of the project.
(June 29, 2010) Delays in the controversial South-to-North Water Diversion Project are worsening Beijing’s water crisis, says a recent report from China Daily.
(June 7, 2010) Li Yuling, the narrator of the most recent Oral History “A River Returns,” is featured in this China Daily report detailing the activities of Beijing citizens as they raise awareness on the dire state of the city’s once pristine rivers.
(June 5, 2010) Three-quarters of those interviewed in a recent survey about Beijing’s water crisis say that they are concerned about the capital city’s water shortages and that they feel pollution and overexploitation of water are to blame. The survey, commissioned by Friends of Nature, China’s oldest environmental organization, was released in Beijing today, World Environment Day.