* Beijing urban areas to halt underground water extraction

China Daily: “Underground water extraction will be halted by 2014 in the urban areas of Beijing asauthorities seek to prevent further land subsidence, or sinking, in the city.

The 800 water extraction wells within the fifth ring road areas in 2012 will be closed as part ofan effort to conserve underground water, Yu Yaping, a publicity official at the Beijing WaterAuthority, said.

Beijing urban areas to halt underground water extraction

The North-South Water Diversion Project will bring 1 billion cubicmeters of water supply to Beijing in 2014. The water could satisfyone-third of the total water demand in Beijing, which was 3.6 billioncubic meters in 2011.

The water diversion project is designed to take water from China’slongest river, the Yangtze River, to feed the drought-prone areasin the north, including Beijing and Tianjin.”

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-02/28/content_14707197.htm

Yet another example of government action on environmental issues.

See also: https://chindia-alert.org/economic-factors/greening-of-china/

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