Water Resources

New study shows dramatic fall in number of rivers in China

Chinese paramilitary guard watching over giant gushes of water being released from the Xiaolangdi dam. Photo: AFP

The number of rivers in China with catchment areas of at least 100 square kilometres has dropped by more than 50 per cent compared with 60 years ago, a landmark survey on national water resources reveals.

Wednesday, 27 March, 2013, 3:30pm 1 comment

China's deadly water problem

China's deadly water problem

In the past two weeks, more than 16,000 dead pigs have been fished out of the Huangpu River, near Shanghai, and its tributaries. Outraged Chinese citizens have decried government negligence of the environment, flooding online forums with photos of riverbanks dotted with puce-coloured carcasses.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:28am 4 comments

Talking points

President Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping visits Moscow for talks with President Vladimir Putin. In advance of his trip, Xi called Russia "our friendly neighbour", adding that his visit underscored the "great importance" China placed on relations.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:00am

Hong Kong's unsustainable water policies

Hong Kong's unsustainable water policies

The water from the Dongjiang sustains more than 40 million people in the cities of Heyuan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. There is no reason why a sustainable water policy could not be a shared objective. Although we do not share the same system or procedures of managing potable water, authorities on both sides of the border must at least share principles and best practices on preserving water sources and improving water quality.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:02am 2 comments

Australian minister Tony Burke will pitch Antarctic ice plan in Beijing

Tony Burke

Australia wants to help the Chinese government turn its water into cash, and join forces with Beijing to find million-year-old ice in Antarctica, says Tony Burke, the country's environment minister.

Visiting Hong Kong before an official visit to the mainland, Burke said he would meet his counterpart on water, Chen Lei, to talk about the precious resource.

23 Sep 2012 - 3:08am

Ningxia's coal and farm projects pose critical threat to water supplies

Villagers scavenge low-grade coal from the tailings at a massive coal mine near You Fang Liang, in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Photo: EPA

A big, golden, pyramid-shaped building stands out in an industrial zone on the remote northeastern border of the Ningxia Hui autonomous region.

Inside, multi-media presentations detail the elaborate and expensive technology required to convert coal into liquid fuel. Buried beneath lie rich reserves of high-quality coal.

12 Sep 2012 - 10:01am

Letters to the Editor, September 02, 2012

Hong Kong's team at the Games' opening. Photo: Xinhua

Collusion with tycoons keeps prices high

There is a great deal of public concern over high property prices and soaring rents in Hong Kong.

The government, in collusion with the property tycoons, has made these prices possible and has no interest in seeing a downward correction.

2 Sep 2012 - 2:33am

60pc of Yellow River's water unfit to drink

The health of China's second-longest river is worsening, with 60 per cent of the Yellow River's water now unfit to drink. The rate of its deterioration is alarming, an expert said yesterday.

14 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Water wastage will soon leave China high and dry

The transcript of Premier Wen Jiabao's speech on Sunday to the National People's Congress reveals much about the central government's priorities - and some glaring oversights.

For example, Mr Wen mentioned the words 'health' and 'medical' a combined 48 times in various forms. He used the word 'education' 45 times.

8 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Project to quench Beijing's thirst

Work has started on a project to move water from Shanxi province to Beijing in an effort to quench the thirst of a city struggling through its fifth year of drought.

Water flowed from the Cetian Reservoir, the second largest in Shanxi, at the weekend and had been due to arrive in Beijing's Guanting Reservoir yesterday.

30 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Regular monitoring

I refer to the articles headlined, 'Village battles for safe water' and 'Tests find contaminated water on tap' which were published in the Sunday Morning Post on March 7 and 21 respectively.

The information provided in your articles does not reflect the whole situation on this issue.

11 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Trip for essay winners

HONG KONG students have the chance to win attractive prizes including round-trip air tickets in an essay writing competition to promote World Water Day.

27 Jan 1995 - 12:00am