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  • China begins construction of 'world's tallest' dam (314-metre high..What could possibly go wrong?)

    07/16/2015 10:23:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/16/15 | AFP
    Beijing (AFP) - China has begun building a 314-metre (1,030-ft) high dam which will be among the world's tallest, officials said, as the country massively expands hydropower. The Shuangjiankou dam on a tributary of China's mighty Yangtze river will be completed in 2022, the environmental ministry said on its website Tuesday. The facility, costing 36 billion yuan ($5.8 billion), will be higher than the world's current tallest dam, the 305-metre Jinping-1, also in China. China has been expanding its hydropower electricity generating capacity as it seeks to reach a goal of obtaining 20 per cent of its power from non-fossil...
  • Hundreds Missing After Chinese Cruise Ship Sinks on Yangtze

    06/01/2015 8:58:32 PM PDT · by NRx · 77 replies
    NY Times ^ | 06-01-2015 | EDWARD WONG
    BEIJING — Most of the 458 passengers aboard a chartered cruise ship were still missing on Tuesday morning more than 12 hours after it sank during a storm along the central Yangtze River, according to a report by Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency. Fewer than a dozen people had been rescued, local news media reported, indicating that this could be the worst such disaster in East Asia since the sinking of the South Korean ferry Sewol last year.
  • Tuberculosis genomes track human history

    01/21/2015 6:34:38 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Nature ^ | 19 January 2015 Corrected: 20 January 2015 | Ewen Callaway
    Although M. tuberculosis probably first emerged some 40,000 years ago in Africa, the disease did not take hold until humans took to farming... A previous analysis by his team had shown that the common ancestor of all the M. bacterium strains circulating today began spreading around 10,000 years ago in the ancient Fertile Crescent, a region stretching from Mesopotamia to the Nile Delta that was a cradle of agriculture... 4,987 samples of the Beijing lineage from 99 countries... the information to date the expansion of the lineage and show how the strains are related... the Beijing lineage did indeed emerge...
  • Shanghai to suspend live poultry markets after H7N9 detected

    04/05/2013 11:00:22 PM PDT · by Rabin
    cntv. | 04-05-2013 | Y Minson
    The other samples containing the deadly H7N9 virus were collected from two marketplaces selling agricultural products in the down river Yangse delta, Shanghai. After gene sequence analysis, the national avian flu reference laboratory concluded that the strain of the H7N9 virus found on those 19 samples was highly congenetic with that found on a pigeon on Thursday. The ministry ordered Shanghai to shut down the marketplace and cull all (living poultry) chickens, ducks, geese and pigeons.
  • China's Yangtze river closed to ships by severe drought

    05/15/2011 8:48:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 05/12/11 | Peter Foster
    China's Yangtze river closed to ships by severe drought The Yangtze river, the longest waterway in Asia and China's most important shipping route, has been closed by the worst drought in 50 years that has left cargo ships stranded and 400,000 people without drinking water. Chinese fishing boats berth on the dried river banks as the annual dry winter season caused the water level along the Yangtze river to be so low By Peter Foster, Beijing 2:26PM BST 12 May 2011 Follow Peter Foster on Twitter Water-levels have sunk as low as 10ft in the main thoroughfare of the 3,900-mile...
  • China Spends $1 Billion To Fight Massive Drought Wrecking Country's Wheat Crop

    02/12/2011 1:47:25 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies ^ | Feb. 12, 2011, 10:55 AM | Gregory White
    China has announced $1 billion in funding to help farmers fight the country's devastating droughts, according to The Guardian. The country is facing its worst drought in 60 years right where it hurts the most, the wheat producing province of Shangdong.
  • Dolphin runs amok off French coast

    08/30/2006 12:49:18 PM PDT · by oxcart · 49 replies · 1,512+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 08/30/2006 | None Cited
    An enraged dolphin has been terrorising the French Atlantic coast for several weeks, attacking boats and knocking fishermen into the sea. "He's like a mad dog," said Henri Le Lay, president of the association of fishermen and yachtsmen of the port of Brezellec, in Brittany. "He has caused at least 1,500 euros ($2,530) worth of damage in the past few weeks." The dolphin, named Jean Floch, has destroyed rowboats, overturned open boats, flooded engines and twisted mooring lines. Two fishermen were knocked into the sea after the dolphin overturned their boat. Jean Floch has been a popular and familiar sight...
  • China's River Dolphin Declared Extinct: 20 Million Years and a Farewell

    12/18/2006 9:06:19 AM PST · by Alter Kaker · 55 replies · 1,672+ views
    New York Times ^ | 16 December 2006 | ANDREW C. REVKIN
    The first species to be erased from this planet’s great and ancient Order of Cetaceans in modern times is not one of the charismatic sea mammals that have long been the focus of conservation campaigns, like the sperm whale or bottlenose dolphin. It appears to be the baiji, a white, nearly blind denizen of the Yangtze River in China. On Wednesday, an expedition in search of any baiji, run by Chinese biologists and, a Swiss foundation, ended empty-handed after six weeks of patrolling its onetime waters in the middle and lower stretches of the river, the baiji’s only known...
  • Rare Pink Dolphin Becomes Big Draw at Louisiana Lake

    05/27/2009 1:02:38 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 10 replies · 1,046+ views
    Breitbart TV ^ | May 27, 2009 | MSNBC Via Breitbart TV
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  • China`s white dolphin called extinct after 20 mn years

    12/15/2006 12:07:30 AM PST · by gd124 · 13 replies · 909+ views
    Zee News ^ | December 15, 2006
    Beijing, China, Dec 15: An expedition searching for a rare Yangtze River dolphin ended Wednesday without a single sighting and with the team`s leader saying one of the world`s oldest species was effectively extinct. The white dolphin known as baiji, shy and nearly blind, dates back some 20 million years. Its disappearance is believed to be the first time in a half-century, since hunting killed off the Caribbean monk seal, that a large aquatic mammal has been driven to extinction. A few baiji may still exist in their native Yangtze habitat in eastern China but not in sufficient numbers to...
  • Yangtzse River dolphin 'now extinct'

    08/08/2007 8:38:26 AM PDT · by BGHater · 44 replies · 1,198+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 08 Aug 2007 | Roger Highfield
    The Yangtze River dolphin enjoys a rare and depressing distinction, according to new research. The grey white, long-beaked animal is the world's first cetacean -the order of whales, dolphins and porpoises -to be made extinct by man, concludes an international team that has conducted comprehensive surveys of its habitat. The demise of the near-blind mammal also represents the first extinction of a large vertebrate (backboned animal) for more than 50 years, since overhunting claimed the Caribbean monk seal in the 1950s. A zoologist said it was a "shocking tragedy." The paper, lead-authored by Dr Sam Turvey of the Zoological Society...
  • Dogs descended from wolf pack on Yangtze river

    09/04/2009 2:58:00 AM PDT · by decimon · 39 replies · 1,533+ views
    Telegraph ^ | Sep 2, 2009 | Unknown
    Today's dogs are all descended from a pack of wolves tamed 16,000 years ago on the shores of the Yangtze river, according to new research. It was previously known that the birthplace of the dog was eastern Asia but historians were not able to be more precise than that. However, now researchers have made a number of new discoveries about the history of man's best friend - including that the dog appeared about 16,000 years ago south of the Yangtze river in China. It has also been discovered that even though the dog has a single geographical origin it descends...
  • Water Schools Shed Light On Degenerating Yangtze

    04/12/2009 7:00:44 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 1 replies · 522+ views
    China View ^ | April 11, 2009 | Xinhua
    (BEIJING) -- Water is a daily necessity for most people, but it is a constant companion to primary school student Sun Yao in southwest China's Sichuan Province. He has lived alongside Baicao River, a tributary of the Yangtze, the largest river in China and the third longest in the world, for more than 12 years. At the upper reaches of Yangtze, the Baicao River provides drinking water to the 6,600 inhabitants of Piankou Town, Beichuan County, which was among the most severely damaged during the May 12 Wenchuan earthquake that claimed more than 80,000 lives. However, the Mother River has...
  • China Completes Road Tunnel Under Yangtze River

    04/23/2008 7:41:49 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 9 replies · 81+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 20, 2008 | Reuters
    (BEIJING) - China has completed a road tunnel beneath the Yangtze River in the central city of Wuhan, marking the first such project on the river, known for having its waters controlled by the Three Gorges Dam. The 3.6-km tunnel will cut travel time between the city's business district and the government and university district to seven minutes from half an hour, the official Xinhua news agency cited vice mayor Yin Weizhen as saying. The tunnel will be opened to the public late this year, Xinhua said, adding that it would be able to withstand an earthquake of up to...
  • Looking Into China's Heart

    02/10/2008 7:39:51 AM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 4 replies · 80+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | February 10, 2008 | By Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post
    China has done its best to ruin the scenery on the Yangtze River. Smog blots out the sun. Factories dot the shores. And the construction of a giant dam has flooded the Three Gorges, the famed river passage through towering limestone and sandstone cliffs. And yet, one afternoon last spring, a friend and I were staring in quiet wonder from a cruise ship sailing up the Yangtze. We were in a world of green, gliding past cliffs covered in rain-slicked trees and bamboo bushes. Slender waterfalls churned into the jade-colored river. "It is really beautiful. I can only imagine what...
  • Dry,Polluted,Plagued By Rats: The Crisis In China's Greatest River (Yangtze)

    01/16/2008 6:02:58 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 174+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-17-2008 | Jonathan Watts
    Dry, polluted, plagued by rats: the crisis in China's greatest riverShips stranded as Yangtze reaches a 142-year low Jonathan Watts in Beijing The Guardian, Thursday January 17 2008 A river bed is exposed as water levels fall along the Yangtze river near Wuhan, central China's Hubei province. Photograph: AP The waters of the Yangtze have fallen to their lowest levels since 1866, disrupting drinking supplies, stranding ships and posing a threat to some of the world's most endangered species. Asia's longest river is losing volume as a result of a prolonged dry spell, the state media warned yesterday, predicting hefty...
  • Man in Sierra Vista is last living survivor of little-known pre-World War II attack on a U.S. ship

    12/30/2007 7:02:34 AM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 773+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — Four years before Pearl Harbor was attacked, a local man sailed on a U.S. Navy ship that was bombed and sunk by Imperial Japanese warplanes. The incident happened on Dec. 13, 1937, as the USS Panay was evacuating U.S. embassy personnel from Nanking, China’s capital of that era. It was a city under siege whose downfall became the infamous Rape of Nanking. The Panay was a gunboat that belonged to the U.S. Asiatic Fleet, whose 1930s peacetime mission included protection of American lives and property from pirates along the lawless Yangtze River, under a treaty with the...
  • Reporter's Notebook: A Journey Down the Yangtze

    12/04/2007 6:43:04 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 4 replies · 37+ views
    ABC News ^ | December 4, 2007 | By Terry McCarthy
    Yu Falun is a retired metals factory worker, and I met him on the banks of the Yangtze River above Yibin, picking colored stones from the water. He is 63, has a winning smile and collects the stones as a hobby -- a peaceful pastime that gets him out by the river for hours at a time. For him the Yangtze is a geologic marvel, water wearing down stone for millennia, its slow changes over time producing smooth pebbles for someone with the patience and interest to find them. When I told him I had come to China to see...
  • 100-Meter Stretch of Yangtze River Embankment Collapses in E China

    12/02/2007 11:40:57 AM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 27 replies · 132+ views
    China View ^ | December 2, 2007 | Xinhua
    (HEFEI) -- A 100-meter stretch of the Yangtze River embankment in east China's Anhui province collapsed on Saturday, an official with the local waterway administration said. The accident occurred early on Saturday in the marshlands near the river outside the city of Wuhu and resulted in more than 6,000square meters of land falling into the river. About ten warehouses belonging to a shipyard, a few cranes and a barge fell in the water. No casualties were reported but an elderly couple was rescued from the barge before it toppled into the river. Hu Guangjin, an official with the Wuhu Yangtze...
  • Record amount of waste dumped in China's Yangtze River

    11/14/2007 4:01:05 AM PST · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 18 replies · 76+ views
    AFP, via Yahoo! News ^ | November 13, 2007 | AFP
    BEIJING (AFP) - A record 30.5 billion tonnes of industrial, farming and human waste were dumped last year into China's Yangtze River, the country's longest, state media reported. The quantity was twice as much as two decades ago and an increase of 900 million tonnes, or 3.1 percent, from the previous year, Xinhua news agency said late Tuesday. The widespread dumping of industrial, agricultural and domestic waste has seriously polluted the Yangtze, a situation some ecologists warn will be worsened by the massive Three Gorges dam, which they say will create a "giant toilet bowl" of trapped sewage behind it.
  • China's Yangtze Can Be Saved: Scientists

    11/02/2007 6:26:32 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 5 replies · 71+ views
    Associated Press / Google News ^ | November 2, 2007 | By ELIANE ENGELER
    (GENEVA) — Chinese and Swiss scientists said Friday the Yangtze River is less polluted than expected, but only because the vast amounts of water dilute farm and industrial waste that still pose a serious threat to animals and plants. Environmentalists warned the findings should not be seen as a clean bill of health for the Yangtze, where water quality has continually deteriorated. Because of its large size, the 3,900-mile-long Yangtze cannot be compared to other rivers, they said. Around 25 billion tons of waste is poured every year into the Yangtze, the world's third-largest river, said a joint Chinese-Swiss expedition...
  • The Lego-fication of Heavy Industry

    04/25/2007 9:05:22 AM PDT · by em2vn · 10 replies · 836+ views
    techcentralstation ^ | 04-23-07 | Nick Shulz
    Just a few years ago, over one thousand Chinese descended upon the Ruhr valley. "They bedded down in a makeshift dormitory in a disused building in the plant and worked twelve hours a day, seven days a week throughout the summer. Only later, after some of the German workers and managers complained, were the Chinese workers obliged to take a day off, out of respect for local laws." In less than one year, they successfully disassembled the plant and shipped the 275,000 tons of materials and equipment to China. A manufacturing entrepreneur and a former peasant farmer named Shen Wenrong...
  • On the trail of the imperiled Yangtze dolphin

    12/06/2006 12:26:13 PM PST · by cogitator · 1 replies · 192+ views
    The Age ^ | 12/03/2006 | Jonathan Watts
    (Long, detailed article; I've provided the first page here.) MURKY water, hazy sky and dull brown riverbanks. Strained eyes peering into the mist. Ears tuned electronically into the depths. And with each hour, each day that passes, a nagging question that grows louder: is this how a species ends after 20 million years on earth? When they write the environmental history of early 21st-century China, the freshwater dolphin expedition now plying the Yangtze river may be seen as man's farewell to an animal it once worshipped. A team of the world's leading marine biologists is making a last-gasp search for...
  • China - World's Largest Dam Completed on China's Yangtze River (Three Gorges Dam)

    05/20/2006 12:08:25 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 63 replies · 2,074+ views
    China completed construction of the world's largest dam Saturday in Three Gorges area, central China's Hubei Province, signifying accomplishment of the major structure of the mammoth Three Gorges water control project aiming to tame the flood-prone Yangtze River, the nation's longest. At 2:00 on Saturday afternoon, the final concrete was poured for the 2,309-meter-long, 185-meter-high main wall of the Three Gorges Dam, which by then began to have capacity of holding water. The concrete placement of the Dam's main section was completed 10 months ahead of the schedule, which will enable the Dam to start its role in power...
  • New Evidence Challenges "Out-of-Africa" Hypothesis of Modern Human origins

    04/28/2005 7:33:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies · 1,450+ views
    Red Nova ^ | 04/27/05
    New Evidence Challenges "Out-of-Africa" Hypothesis of Modern Human origins New evidence challenges "Out-of-Africa" hypothesis of modern human origins WUHAN, April 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese archaeologists said newly found evidence proves that a valley of Qingjiang River, a tributary on the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, might be one of the regions where Homo sapiens, or modern man, originated. The finding challenges the "Out-of-Africa" hypothesis of modern human origins, according to which about 100,000 years ago modern humans originated in Africa, migrated to other continents, and replaced populations of archaic humans across the globe. The finding comes from a large-scale...
  • Chinese Archaeologists Find 'World's Oldest Earrings' (8,000 Year Old)

    07/27/2004 11:11:24 AM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 760+ views ^ | 7-27-2004
    Chinese archaeologists find 'world's oldest earrings' July 27, 2004 Chinese archaeologists have discovered earrings they believe are the oldest found in the world. The jade earrings, which date to between 7500 and 8200 years ago, were unearthed at the Xinglongwa culture site in Chifeng city in Inner Mongolia, the Xinhua news agency said yesterday. The jade rings, called "Jue" in old Chinese, have diameters that measure 2.5 to six centimetres. Liu Guoxiang, head of an archaeological team under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said it was "magnificent" that the earrings were found in pairs that were almost similar in...
  • Ancient Cities Discovered In Yangtze Valley

    08/02/2003 4:01:46 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 3,385+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 8-3-2003 | David Keys
    Ancient cities discovered in Yangtze Valley By David Keys, Archaeology Correspondent 03 August 2003 China's Yangtze River was once home to an ancient civilisation, just as the Nile, the Tigris-Euphrates and the Indus rivers were, according to new archaeological research. A series of 13 walled towns and cities have so far been discovered. Dating from around 3000BC these ancient urban centres - excavated by Chinese and Japanese archaeological teams over the past decade - appear to have had populations of up to 10,000. The largest cities had up to three miles of defensive walls. The discoveries show that exactly the...
  • Sluice gate closes on 3-Gorges-Dam in China

    06/01/2003 3:58:16 AM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 27 replies · 350+ views
    <p>BEIJING, China (AP) -- China began filling the reservoir behind its gargantuan Three Gorges Dam on Sunday in a major step toward completion of the world's largest hydroelectric project.</p> <p>The sluice gate of the dam began closing at midnight and by early morning live broadcasts on state television showed the water level had already reached 106 meters (350 feet). By June 15, the level is expected to reach 135 meters (446 feet).</p>
  • Yangtze project to uproot 320,000 (Nazi China Alert!)

    02/21/2003 4:25:04 PM PST · by HighRoadToChina · 4 replies · 194+ views
    The Straits Times ^ | February 20, 2003
    FEB 20, 2003 Yangtze project to uproot 320,000BEIJING - China yesterday said 320,000 people will have to move because of a massive scheme to divert water from the Yangtze river, marking the second upward revision of the figure in less than a week. Only last Thursday, state media had said 275,000 people would be relocated, increasing the previous estimate by 50,000. 'The number of people to be relocated is not expected to exceed the current estimate,' Mr Zhang Guoliang, director-general of the Bureau of South to North Water Transfer, told reporters in Beijing. A total of 300,000 people will...
  • More than 600,000 evacuated from flood-hit China region

    08/22/2002 9:33:29 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 241+ views
    Agence France-Presse | Friday August 23, 9:39 AM
    More than 600,000 people have been evacuated from around rain-swollen Dongting Lake in central China, which is threatening to burst its banks and engulf millions, official media said. At least 16 people have died and 27,000 homes have collapsed, the China Daily said Friday, giving the first official statistics on how badly the current flood crisis has already hit the region. More than 8.4 million people have been affected in the region, which has seen water levels in Dongting and the rivers which feed it surge above danger levels, the Ministry of Civil Affairs told the newspaper. Additionally, 415,000...
  • State of emergency declared in flood-menaced China province

    08/20/2002 9:09:51 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 157+ views
    Agence France-Presse | Wednesday August 21, 10:50 AM
    A state of emergency has been declared across China's central province of Hunan, where more than 10 million people are under threat from surging water levels in a huge lake, Red Cross officials said. "I have just been talking to our Chinese Red Cross colleagues in Hunan, and they say the provincial governor has declared a state of emergency for all Hunan," said France Hurtubise, an International Red Cross spokeswoman in Beijing, on Wednesday. Thousands of workers have been mobilised to shore up flood defences around Dongting Lake, which acts as a flood buffer for the Yangtze River. Around...