Magazine / July 2013

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The Shenhua Group has admitted to illegally discharging wastewater in direct response to our 'Thirsty Coal 2' report. However, Greenpeace East Asia Climate and Energy campaigner Deng Ping said, “Shenhua has admitted to illegally discharging wastewater, but it has not clarified the ecological degradation and livelihood crisis caused by its Coal-to-Liquid project."

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Report: Thirsty Coal 2

We investigate the most controversial part of China’s coal strategy: the proposed scaling up of the coal chemical sector. In particular, we look at the largest of nine coal chemical demonstration projects in operation: Shenhua’s Coal-to-Liquid Demonstration Project located in Ordos, Inner Mongolia and the environmental fallout left in its wake.

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Video: Thirst

A short documentary exploring the effects of water shortages on people in Inner Mongolia. For ten years, the Chinese state-run organisation Shenhua has sucked this land dry, pumping the water out of these beautiful grasslands to use in fuel production. Once an abundant farming area, this region has become a barren desert, resulting in thousands of people losing their homes and livelihood.

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Video: Coal v Water

Thousands of miles separate China's water-rich south and the nation's coal-rich north. In northwest China where water resources are particularly scarce, including the provinces of Inner Mongolia, Ningxia and Shaanxi, the coal industry is rapidly expanding. Last year Greenpeace issued a warning that this coal expansion poses a serious threat to the precious water there and thus the crops and farming communities that depend on it. This year our field investigation dug up evidence of exactly that.

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Slideshow: Beautiful Lands Ravaged

In the past the wells of Chahanmiao village would gush water and shoot up as high as two meters. But since 2006 when the Shenhua Corporation began extracting groundwater for their coal-to-liquid project, these wells began to dry up and the once lush grasslands turned to desert.

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Story: A Decade of Struggle

There are 5,752 farmers and herders living nearby the Shenhua coal-to-liquid project, across a 0.26 million hectares water uptake area. In March 2003, the farmers and herders began to witness the systemic destruction of their grasslands due to groundwater extraction by the project.

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Press Release

A state-owned Chinese coal company is overexploiting groundwater and illegally dumping toxic industrial wastewater, highlighting the need to curb the country's burgeoning coal industry, Greenpeace East Asia has revealed.

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Report: Thirsty Coal

Last year we published our first "Thirsty Coal" report, investigating the stress coal is putting on China's precious water resources. Between 2011-2015 the world’s second largest economy will construct 16 large-scale coal power bases, predominantly in western areas of the country. Learn more about an energy scheme that simply won't hold water.

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