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Chemical spill rumours spark water panic

Rumours that a chemical tanker sank in the Yangtze River sparked a wave of panic buying of bottled water in a series of cities in Jiangsu province, mainland media reported.

Wednesday, 8 February, 2012, 12:00am

Project engineer launches fierce tirade against bad press

Beijing's well-organised counter-attacks against a landslide of media criticism over the Three Gorges Dam in the past weeks reached new heights yesterday.

At a government briefing on controversies surrounding the project, top officials in charge repeated the official line to quell mounting concerns.

28 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Crematorium waste in quilts

Appalling conditions at three Wuhan cotton-processing workshops have been exposed by pictures from an independent photographer showing workers transforming fabric discarded by a nearby crematorium into stuffing for pillows and quilts.

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Deadly waters

Sixty per cent of water in the Yellow River is now unfit to drink and the Yangtze River dolphin is feared extinct - after up to 25 million years of existence. Is it too late to rescue China from environmental doom? Write to us

15 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Puzzle for pandas to bear in mind

Enthused students tell of projects to help conservation

Ocean Park's giant panda An An has a puzzling new toy aimed at stimulating mind and body.

It is a 60cm food-filled plastic cylinder lined with holes that 19-year-old An An has to manipulate to extract food. By rolling it this way and that, he can get small pieces of apples, carrots and biscuits.

10 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Report sounds alarm for Yangtze and its wildlife

The Yangtze River is the world's most endangered waterway and its wildlife faces extinction due to excessive damming, an international environmental group says.

In a new report entitled Rivers at Risk, the World Wide Fund for Nature warned that many of the rare animal species living in the 5,550km-long river basin cannot survive the threat.

23 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Flip side of the dolphin doctor

Reading about the plight of the Yangtze River dolphins yesterday, SAR could only marvel at the hardy endurance of another species: Collection Tin Rattler.

12 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Latest Three Gorges migration under way

Mainland authorities have started another phase of mass migration of families from the Three Gorges Dam area, official media reported yesterday.

The new resettlement programme started in May and will reach a climax in the coming two months, Xinhua said.

5 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

$372b river work to guard against floods

Plans have been unveiled for 400 billion yuan (HK$372 billion) to be spent on flood prevention along the mainland's seven main rivers.

Vice-Minister for Water Resources Zhang Jiyao said the 46 billion yuan spent on prevention following the devastating 1998 floods was not enough - and some of that had been embezzled.

10 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Polluting firms still in business

More than 10,000 township enterprises ordered to be closed in the past 11 years for serious pollution are still operating.

Wang Yuqing, deputy director of the State Environmental Protection Bureau, said that by the end of May, 64,083 polluting township factories had been closed.

11 Aug 1997 - 12:00am