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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.

Tuesday, 26 March, 2013, 3:28am 4 comments

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

China Digest, March 11, 2013

The municipal government plans to buy 5,000 electric vehicles this year, the Beijing Times reports. Most of the vehicles will be used by civil servants or bus companies for public transport.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:14am

China's dam frenzy a threat to water security

Survivors of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake get evacuated to Zipingpu Dam, which could have been a cause of the quake. Photo: AFP

As if to highlight that Asia's biggest challenge is managing the rise of an increasingly assertive China, Beijing has unveiled plans to build large new dams on major rivers flowing to other countries. The decision to ride roughshod over downstream countries' concerns shows that the main issue facing Asia is the need to persuade China's leaders to institutionalise co-operation with neighbours.

11 Mar 2013 - 3:16am

City Digest, January 7, 2013

A fresh water pipe burst beneath Tin Lok Lane, Wan Chai yesterday.

A fresh water pipe burst beneath Tin Lok Lane, Wan Chai yesterday leaving shops and households without water. 

7 Jan 2013 - 5:44am

China Digest, November 16, 2012


Food safety the focus

The provincial government said on Wednesday that county governors would be held responsible for major food-safety incidents in their counties, in an effort to push them to improve food safety. However, analysts feared the move may simply encourage cover-ups of incidents, the Anhui Business News reports.

16 Nov 2012 - 5:13am

China Digest, October 12, 2012


Five die in mine

12 Oct 2012 - 4:39am

First steps towards a more sustainable water policy

According to WikiLeaks, one of the articles I wrote for this page got a mention in a cable from the US consulate in Hong Kong to Washington.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Raise charges to cut water waste

Innovation is as much about setting an example for others to follow as coming up with new ideas. Hong Kong's water management has certainly been innovative, overcoming the obstacle of finding enough water for a large population living in a city with insufficient natural resources to adequately meet its needs.

29 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

City being wishy-washy about raising water tariffs

Despite the price rise, water officials said they had no plan to raise water tariffs, which have not changed since 1995. But they pledged to continue studying the possibility of adjusting the progressive tariffs for water use ...

SCMP, October 21

27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Quest for new technologies

While Saudi Arabia holds the world's largest oil reserves, the kingdom is also taking active steps in the development of new technologies for exploiting and utilising renewable sources of energy.

23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

It's the potential that matters

If you're looking to drive your career forward, software-as-a-service company Meltwater could be the right choice for you. 'Sometimes people think they need to cut their teeth at the lower levels first,' says Chris Regester, Meltwater's regional director for Asia. 'But we're saying that if you get a lot of intensive training, you can very quickly rise through the ranks.'

10 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

HK in troubled waters

The spotlight has fallen on government officials as some people say they are inefficient and not supervised properly.

9 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

CLP's tariffs have always been set on principles of fairness

I refer to the letter by Cheung Kit-yan of Greenpeace ('CLP's unequal electricity rates rob the poor to benefit the rich', February 25).

CLP's electricity tariffs have always been set on the principles of fairness and to reflect the different costs of serving different groups of customers.

2 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Parched Beijing looks to Yellow River

Beijing is considering diverting water from the Yellow River in an attempt to relieve its chronic water shortage, which is rapidly approaching a crisis level with the capital's overpopulation and worsening droughts.

25 Jan 2011 - 12:00am