(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.
Beijing: Upon determining that deforestation was to blame for devastating flooding by the Yangtze River in 1998, which killed 2,500 people and caused billions of dollars in damage, China promptly enacted an aggressive package of measures aimed at protecting its existing forest growth, rehabilitating distressed areas and reclaiming forests that had been converted to farmland.
Black Opal Press September 5, 2006 This new book by photographer Steven Benson is his much acclaimed photo essay documenting the Yangtze River valley which is now under the water of the […]
(August 25, 2006) The water level in the Yangtze River’s middle and lower reaches continues to fall and is threatening navigation along the waterway.
(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.
The development of the Yangtze, being the world’s most important cargo-carrying river, is a key part of China’s plan to develop its transport infrastructure.
(August 1, 2006) China is considering a 300-billion-yuan (US$37.5 billion) plan to divert water from the upper reaches of the Yangtze River to the Yellow River to help the thirsty northwestern areas.
(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.
The giant Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River risks choking China’s largest river port with silt and sewage and displacing 500,000 people unnecessarily, engineers and academics are warning the country’s political leaders.
(May 14, 2006) Chinese leaders are drawing up plans to use nuclear explosions, in breach of the international test-ban treaty, to blast a tunnel through the Himalayas for the world’s biggest hydroelectric plant.
(March 22, 2006) Chongqing, the sprawling municipality at the upstream end of the Three Gorges reservoir, has revealed a plan to build two big dams on the main channel of the Yangtze River, the Chongqing Morning Post (Chongqing chenbao) reported yesterday [Mar 21].
(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.