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."
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.
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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