China has some of the world's most polluted cities and waterways.
Beijing has often overlooked protecting the environment in the rush to develop its economy - but now it is paying the price, a BBC correspondent says.
A chemical spill in a river near the city of Harbin last year drew international attention, as water supplies to almost four million people had to be suspended for nearly a week.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
CHINA - China plan to protect environment
The BBC has news of China's new, five year environmental protection plan in which they intend to spend 1.4 trillion yuan ($175bn) to improve air and water quality, and reduce pollution.