The prolonged drought in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River has dealt a heavy blow to the country's leading source of summer grain, with desperate farmers around the nation's two biggest lakes fearing they may have little to show at harvest time.Tuesday, 31 May, 2011, 12:00am
Farmers living near Hunan's Dongting Lake are bracing for another possible invasion of field mice in the next few days, with more rain predicted for the lake and along the middle reaches of the Yangtze River.20 Jul 2007 - 12:00am
The invasion of millions of field mice on farmland surrounding Hunan province's Dongting Lake is only the tip of the iceberg of a large-scale rodent assault on the mainland.18 Jul 2007 - 12:00am
A scientist is warning of a second wave of invasion by field mice fleeing floods in the Dongting Lake area in Hunan province, despite an official claim that the mouse plague was under control. Two billion mice have already fled their nests.17 Jul 2007 - 12:00am
It is man versus rodent as hundreds of farmers living near Hunan's vast Dongting Lake are being mobilised to fend off the biggest mouse plague on record, threatening paddy fields, dams, dykes and other infrastructure in the flood-prone area.11 Jul 2007 - 12:00am
Water shortages now affect more than 400 cities, while up to 90 per cent of the country's rivers and lakes are polluted. Some of China?s main water issues include:
1 Melting of glaciers in Tibet will worsen water shortages and increase risk of droughts
2 In the 1950s, Dongting Lake covered 4,350 sq km. Today, it is only 2,625 sq km18 Apr 2007 - 12:00am
Hundreds of paper mills surrounding Hunan's Dongting Lake face closure in a renewed crackdown on polluters, but researchers say little is likely to change for the better.
The Hunan Environmental Protection Bureau yesterday sent more than 20 inspectors to ensure 146 paper factories blacklisted over environmental concerns were no longer operating.3 Apr 2007 - 12:00am
Authorities aim to strengthen environmental protection and enforcement in the course of the 11th five-year plan, according to a report by the National Development and Reform Commission.
It will encourage and support renewable energy industries and take action to protect gradually dwindling land and water resources.5 Mar 2006 - 12:00am
For the past five days, mahjong parlour owner Zhou Yuelin has killed time by taking a nap on a stool surrounded by floodwaters.
The 50-year-old woman's movements were limited as she has had to guard her possessions which were rescued from her flooded house in an old street of Hunan province's Chenglingji town, 13km from Yueyang city.25 Aug 2002 - 12:00am
A state of emergency was declared in Hunan province yesterday as rising water in Dongting Lake and two major rivers threatened to overwhelm dykes and in undate cities.
It was the first state of emergency declared in the province for four years.22 Aug 2002 - 12:00am
Last autumn the World Wildlife Fund freshwater conservation team organised a programme to help both the people and the wildlife of the flood-ravaged central Yangtze area by restoring and protecting the region's wetlands.
Although the programme started a few months ago, it has already proven that wetlands destroyed by reclamation for agriculture can recover with a little help.15 Aug 2000 - 12:00am