At least one-third of China's lakes and rivers are unfit for human use and 73 per cent of watersheds supplying water to the 30 largest cities have medium to high pollution levels, according to a study released Monday.Land use and degradation from fertilizers, pesticides and livestock waste account for about half the pollution at 135 surface water sites tested, according to research from The Nature Conservancy, an environmental protection group.China contains only 7 per cent of the world's freshwater, meaning it can draw from less freshwater supplies per capita annually than most countries, the report said.The group recommended targeted conservation strategies including forest protection and improving agricultural practices in key areas.If such methods were applied in 1.4 million hectares of land containing watersheds that supply water to the 30 largest cities, over 150 million people would benefit from a 10 per cent reduction in water pollution, the report said.The conservancy's findings are consistent with recently published government data on groundwater sources.A government study released last week found that 80 per cent of groundwater in the mainland's major river basins is unsafe for human contact.The survey by the Ministry of Water Resources covered nearly 4,900 sites in 202 cities and 18 provinces across the country.Nearly half of sites tested were found to have "extremely bad" water quality and around a third had "bad" water quality, with no wells providing "excellent" water quality.Incidents of water contamination have increased over the past several years, with more than 1,700 cases reported annually and at least 140 million people affected, according to the official China Daily.
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 01:25 CET
Friday 31 March 2017 21:19 CET
The Syrian opposition said Friday it would not accept any role for President Bashar al-Assad in the future of the war-torn country, reacting to a recent US shift saying that removing al-Assad is no longer a priority for Washington.
Friday 31 March 2017 20:54 CET
Parts of the small fighting forces of the Georgian breakaway province of South Ossetia have been placed under Russian military control, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday.
Friday 31 March 2017 20:44 CET
Japanese brewing company Asahi completed its takeover of the Czech brewery Pilsner Urquell on Friday, Asahi said in a statement.
Friday 31 March 2017 20:33 CET
A US district judge on Friday approved a 25-million-dollar settlement of lawsuits and state fraud allegations against Trump University, the US president's now-defunct business venture.
Friday 31 March 2017 19:48 CET
Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Friday announced that he is not interested in the junta-led reconciliation process, three days after the junta handed him a half-a-billion-dollar tax bill for his past business deal.
Friday 31 March 2017 19:33 CET
The government welcomes the possibility of an agreement being concluded between the Agrokor food company and creditor banks, and the bill on vitally important companies is not a fallback plan but the result of the government's care for the overall economic and financial stability of Croatia, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Martina Dalic told a press conference in Zagreb on Friday.
Friday 31 March 2017 19:32 CET
The Croatian and Chinese ministries of agriculture on Friday signed an action plan for cooperation in the field of agriculture for the period 2017-2018, the Croatian ministry said in a statement.
Friday 31 March 2017 19:26 CET
The Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) indices on Friday rose by more than 1.8%, with stocks of the Agrokor food and retail concern being in the focus of investor interest again.
Friday 31 March 2017 19:23 CET
Berlin police defended themselves on Friday against accusations that they stopped surveillance on Berlin Christmas market attacker despite knowing in June 2016 he was dangerous.
Friday 31 March 2017 19:02 CET
Croatia's tottering retail and food giant Agrokor reached an agreement with its creditors, putting its debts standby and allowing it to continue working during emergency restructuring, the Croatian branch of Austria's Erste Bank said Friday.
Friday 31 March 2017 18:27 CET
A standstill agreement regarding the Agrokor concern's existing financial obligations to banks will take effect on Friday, additional capital will be injected into the concern in the coming days and the concern will be actively restructured, which includes a change of its management, it was said on Friday after a meeting between Agrokor's suppliers and creditor banks.
Friday 31 March 2017 17:59 CET
Palestinians, Israeli activists and the UN lambasted the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, a day after it gave the go-ahead for the first new West Bank settlement in a quarter of a century.
Friday 31 March 2017 17:52 CET
South Sudanese rebels have released three foreign engineers they abducted in early March in the oil-rich Upper Nile region, Foreign Affairs Ministry official Mawein Makol Arik said on Friday.
Friday 31 March 2017 17:20 CET
The head of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party has launched a hunger strike from prison.
Friday 31 March 2017 16:37 CET
The European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) on Friday threatened schedule clashes on Champions League matchdays in an ongoing dispute with the governing body UEFA.
Friday 31 March 2017 16:06 CET
Member banks of the coordinating committee of financial creditors and representatives of the Agrokor food company have in principle agreed on key elements of a standstill agreement, which is expected to be signed later today, announcing changes in the company's management team, Erste Bank said in a statement on Friday afternoon.
Friday 31 March 2017 13:33 CET
A Syrian man went on trial Friday in the southern Swedish city of Malmo, charged with terrorism and arson after an attack last year on a building used as an assembly hall by Shiite Muslims.