Yangtze River

With cross-border pollution a heated subject in Hong Kong, a leading Beijing-based expert has called on the city and its Pearl River Delta neighbors to establish a "regional think tank" that will work closely to tackle air pollution in the region.
Yangtze finless porpoise not in good shape
Stocks of many species of fish in the upper branches of Yangtze River have declined dramatically in recent years, imposing a severe threat to the river’s ecological system which has been much endangered, China's Ministry of Agriculture has revealed. According to a collaborative report led by the ministry’s Yangtze River Fishery Resources Management Commission Office (YRFRMCO), the ecological system of the upper branches of the Yangtze River has collapsed and, as a result, many vital fish species, including reeves shad, sturgeons and puffer fish, are now on the brink of extinction.
Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve
October 09, 2013
China’s Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve – which contains the headwaters of the Yellow River, the Yangtze River and the Mekong River – has and will continue to become warmer and wetter as a result of global warming, latest monitoring data shows. The normally cold and dry headwaters area, on the remote Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, has seen average temperatures rise 1.98º C and rainfall increase between 1961 and 2012, Li Lin, a senior engineer with Qianghai Provincial Meteorological Bureau, told Xinhua.
The aquatic ecosystem on the upper reaches of China’s Yangtze River is on the verge of collapse due to hydropower stations and excessive fishing.
China has earmarked 1 billion yuan (USD161.5 million) to ramp up the environment at the source of the country’s three biggest rivers.
China's Shandong province has finished 324 pollution-prevention projects along the eastern route of the South-to-North Water Diversion Program.
China is claiming success in the first phase of the Eastern Route of the country's South–North Water Transfer Project.
Deng Xiaoping eyes China's ecological destrution
April 13, 2012
China's environment is sick, suffering not just a single, isolated disease but widespread epidemics. This is indisputable. And no matter how thoroughly we analyse individual causes, it is clear that without fixing its ill-fated development model, China will be forever chasing its pollution problem and will never get ahead of it. The country is once again in urgent need of an emancipated mind-set, redefining the concept of development to address today's conditions and to bring order out of chaos.
In an effort to rescue its declining wild fishing resources, China is planning to impose a broad fishing bans on the Pearl River and the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River starting next month.
The operator of China's Three Gorges Dam has defended the controversial project, saying it has a 'sacred mission' to control flooding, generate clean energy and ensure water supply.