» 06/08/2005, 00.00
Controlling pollution a tough job for the government
The 2004 report by the State Environmental Protection Administration says pollution control is a tough job to do. Industrial development and local authorities dragging their feet are preventing the clean-up of waterways.
Beijing admits fish in Yangtze River are dying
An official report reveals that the amount of solid and liquid waste, including industrial pollutants, pesticides and fertilisers, pumped into the Yangtze runs in the billions of tonnes. All life in the river is at the risk of extinction, even the common carp. The river provides 35 per cent of China’s freshwater resources.
Prison for anti-pollution protesters: they create social "disorder"
Recurrent environmental disasters are happening in China, with tons of noxious substances ending up in rivers. And yet nine farmers who in April protested against polluting factories have been convicted.
Beijing to invest 300 billion yuan to bring water to the north
Western route raises eyebrows for its cost, at least 300 billion yuan, and technical challenges. Work continues on water diversion on the central and eastern routes.
China: Yellow River is "too polluted" even for swimmers
So say official sources, which point to drainage-related problems.
Some 60 per cent of the Yellow River, the cradle of Chinese civilisation, is dead
Tens of thousands of chemical plants discharge deadly toxic waste into the river. The country is suffering from economic development that has “sacrificed the environment”.
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