China’s Environment in 2013

For Shanghaiist, chinadialogue editor Sam Geall reviews ten major environmental stories from China...

Mining Tibet, Poisoning China

At The Asian Review of Books, the University of Sydney’s Kerry Brown reviews Gabriel Lafitte’s forthcoming book, Spoiling Tibet: China and Resource Nationalism on the Roof of the World, available October 8th: A few...

9 More Dead, 8 Missing in Quake-Hit Gansu Province

The AP reports that at least nine more people are dead, and another eight missing in Gansu province after landslides. Gansu was hit by a 6.6 magnitude quake (5.9 according to the U.S. Geological Survey) on July 22, and as of...

43 Reported Dead in Flooding

The death toll of this week’s flooding and landslide in Dujiangyan City, Sichuan continues to climb, with 43 now reported dead and dozens more still missing. From CNN: Some 118 people across Dujiangyan City — mostly...

Dozens Buried in Sichuan Landslide

Heavy rainstorms hit south-west China this week, triggering a landslide on Wednesday which buried up to 40 people in the city of Dujiangyan, an area previously devastated by the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake. Rescuers have so far...

Mining in Tibet: The Price of Gold

The Economist examines vigorous exploitation of Tibet’s natural resources in light of a landslide that killed 83 at a mine near Lhasa last week: THE ecology of the Tibetan plateau, noted the Ministry of Land and Resources...

Tibet Landslide Rescue Work Suspended

Rescue efforts have been halted at a mine near Lhasa due to fears that fresh landslides might add to the toll from Friday’s disaster. 36 bodies have been recovered, and little hope remains of any survivors among the 83...

83 Buried in Tibet Mine Landslide (Updated)

Rescue efforts by thousands of soldiers, armed police and firefighters turned up a single body on Saturday [see update below], over a day and a half after two million cubic meters of mud and rock buried 83 miners near Lhasa....

Yunnan Landslide Kills 46 (Updated)

43 people are dead and 3 remain missing after a landslide in a remote part of Yunnan on Friday morning. (Update: Global Times reports that all 46 bodies have now been found: 27 adults and 19 children.) The disaster has decimated...

Landslide Buries School in Yunnan

As China is still trying to recover from several recent natural disasters, the BBC reports that a landslide in Yunnan Province buried a school and two other houses: Nineteen people, 18 of them children, were buried when the...

Thousands to Move, Again, from Three Gorges

The Three Gorges Dam finally reached full power output in July, but geological risks are forcing some 120,000 people living along its reservoir to relocate, many for the second time. From Reuters’ Sui-Lee Wee: Landslides...

Storms in Gansu Kill 40

After torrential rains and a violent hailstorm, 40 people were left dead in Gansu province. The region is in the northwestern part of China and is known for the mountainous terrain. BBC reports: The official Xinhua news agency...



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