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  • 19 Dec 2013- 10:03 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BEIJING, China The Chinese government this week announced plans to strengthen environmental protections in the Sanjiangyuan region of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, in order to protect the sources of several important rivers. Sanjiangyuan means “source of
  • 18 Dec 2013- 10:20 by OOSKAnews Correspondent MANILA, Philippines The Asian Development Bank (ADB) this week approved a $372.1 million USD loan and $20 million USD in grants to help restore basic social services and support rebuilding efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Super-Typhoon Haiyan,
  • 12 Dec 2013- 10:01 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BEIJING, China China has been ill-prepared to deal with the significant changes brought about by global warming, according to a government report released on December 9. This includes a lack of adaptability in key areas such as water management, food,
  • 18 Oct 2013- 10:26 by OOSKAnews Correspondent MANILA, Philippines Climate change in East Asia is expected to cause rising sea levels, more severe storms that will increase flooding and more intense droughts, putting some 12 million people from 23 cities at risk and costing as much as $864 billion
  • 29 Aug 2013- 09:59 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BEIJING, China Chinese activities in the Mekong River basin, particularly mineral resource and hydropower projects, have had a negative impact on the region’s environment, according to a new “blue book” published by the Social Sciences Academic Press
  • 21 Aug 2013- 10:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BEIJING, China China’s northeast region is facing its worst floods in more than decade, while heavy rains brought by Typhoon Utor have caused extensive flooding in the nation’s southern regions. The total number of lives lost in the floods is thought to
  • 13 Jun 2013- 10:24 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BEIJING, China   Over 30 percent of China’s rivers and over 50 percent of its groundwater sources do not meet water quality standards, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Ministry. The 2012 China Environmental Bulletin, released
  • More than 50 percent of China’s rivers with catchment areas of at least 100 square kilometers have been lost, according to the country’s first-ever national water census.
  • A 23,000-square meter trash heap in Henan province is leaching garbage into a river that feeds Yangzhuang reservoir every time heavy rains hit the region.
  • A new joint study by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) warns that over 75 percent of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region have a serious lack of water security, with many facing an imminent crisis unless steps are taken urgently to improve water resource management.
  • The Chinese government has finally admitted to the existence of “cancer villages,” where decades of land, water and air pollution has caused the rates of cancer to be exponentially higher than they should be. The villages are typically located next to factories or polluted waterways, the largest source of the cancer-causing chemical pollution.
  • 21 Feb 2013- 09:33 by Local Press Report BEIJING Reuters China aims to spend $850 billion USD to improve filthy water supplies over the next decade, but even such huge outlays may do little to reverse damage caused by decades of pollution and overuse in Beijing's push for rapid economic growth