Decades of unbridled economic expansion and disregard for legislation have devastated China’s environment. Today, 70% of China’s waterways are polluted - endangering the health of millions. One example is the 1,000-kilometer-long river Huai, in eastern China, where cancer rates are at a record high. But some locals are fighting back, trying to breathe life back into their beloved stream.
National Geographic (Mar. 18, 2012) China’s Yangtze River is home to some of the world’s most spectacular whitewater, but plans to dam the river for hydropower threatens to alter the river’s natural landscape. ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (June 3, 2013) The Mekong River is the lifeblood of some 60 million people. It provides the conditions necessary for rice cultivation and a rich supply of freshwater fish. But Laos has identified its potential as a ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (June 24, 2013) Egypt is casting worried looks towards the south. Ethiopia is currently building the biggest dam in Africa on the Blue Nile River, close to the border with Sudan. The plan is to use the river's vast ... watch video
AP (Feb. 24, 2014) The Coast Guard reopened the Mississippi River on Monday, two days after an oil spill closed the river between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. About 31,500 gallons of light crude oil spilled into the ... watch video
Washington Post (Jan. 2, 2015) United for a Healthy Anacostia River is taking action to clean up D.C.'s river and remove harmful chemicals in the riverbed sediment. The hope is to have a clean river for Washingtonians to enjoy ... watch video
Xinhua News Agency (Dec. 18, 2012) Six years ago, after a joint survey on China's longest river - the Yangtze - a team of scientists from around the world announced the functional extinction of the Yangtze River dolphin, the ... watch video
Xinhua News Agency (Feb. 2, 2012) The probe into an incident which resulted in cadmium polluting a south China river is making progress. Local police have detained eight people from two companies that are suspected of dumping waste ... watch video
Xinhua News Agency (Sep. 7, 2012) China's 4th largest hydropower station has gone into operation.
The station is on the Lancang River in southwestern Yunnan Province, also known as the Mekong River in southeast Asia.
By churning ... watch video
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Aug. 5, 2015 Historical records from China stretching back over 400 years have been used to track changes in the distribution of gibbons, which today are some of China's most threatened species. This is one ... read more
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Apr. 27, 2012 China's economic growth will continue to be energy-intensive and highly polluting for the foreseeable future with emissions and efficiency far below capital growth on the agenda, according to a ... read more