Nearly 10 billion cubic metres of water - a quarter of the water that can be allocated for use from the Yellow River in a normal year - will be consumed by 16 new coal-fired power plants on the mainland by 2015, exacerbating water shortages in the arid northwest, a GreenpWednesday, 15 August, 2012, 4:42am
A ban on genetically modified crops is finally set to become law amid claims that mainland diners are unwittingly being served up transgenic rice.
The issue has sparked heated debate following media reports that GM rice has already made it on to the dinner plate, but the draft law has been met with criticism that it does not go far enough.23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
South Africa wants to send officials to Hong Kong to help investigate the city's largest seizure of rhino horns.
Pretoria had approached Beijing, seeking permission to send experts from the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, as well as law enforcement officers.18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
The mainland may face a crippling water shortage by 2030 unless more is done to raise storage capacity, with supply disruptions already affecting at least 11 provinces and some businesses, analysts warn.14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
The saying 'you are what you eat' is a good reminder of the need to eat healthily. To do that, one has to know what is in the food and be able to make informed choices. The growing use of biotechnology in food processing, has made access to such information more important. But this has not yet been recognised by the government.23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am
The consumer watchdog has called for mandatory labelling of all food products with genetically modified ingredients after finding some so-called 'GM-free' soy drinks actually contained a significant amount of the material.16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am
For anyone wishing to understand the water problems facing mainland cities, there is no better place to start than Beijing, where an intrinsic scarcity of water is made worse by a whole range of human and natural factors.25 Aug 2011 - 12:00am
Genetically modified (GM) food comes from organisms whose DNA has been changed. This technology has sparked controversy as some people say it goes against the rules of nature. What's more, we don't know what it might do to humans and the environment.30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am
The central government's first national water plan does not go far enough in addressing the mainland's severe water problems, critics say.
Among its recommendations, the No 1 water plan sets administrative limits on consumption, stipulating that the country's total water usage should not exceed 670 billion cubic metres in 2020, and 700 billion cubic metres in 2030.21 Feb 2011 - 12:00am
China's northwest is a giant desert with kilometre after kilometre of sand dunes, rocky mountain ranges and low scrubby plants.
I've just come back from a motorcycle trip across northern mainland, from Beijing to Kashgar, in the Xinjiang autonomous region . One word can sum up what I saw: 'dry.'18 Oct 2010 - 12:00am