(February 3, 2011) The Government of China is using international pressure to reduce carbon emissions as a pretense to build a series of controversial power stations on the pristine Nu River—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—despite opposition from environmentalists and human rights advocates.
(December 15, 2010) Critics of the Nam Theun 2 dam in Laos say it’s a perfect example of why the World Bank should stop its support of large dams, writes Brady Yauch.
(November 24, 2010) Construction of a large-scale dam in Tibet is prompting familiar fears downstream on the Brahmaputra. Joydeep Gupta reports on India’s concerns.
(November 16, 2010) China has dammed the Brahmaputra river in Tibet for the first time in order to begin the main construction work on a 510 MW hydropower station project, notwithstanding concerns raised by India in this regard.
(November 10, 2010) There is growing concern in India over the country’s water security given China’s geographic chokehold on almost every important river system in South Asia. Now, as a massive project to divert as much as a third of the Brahmaputra’s water into China looks more and more like becoming a reality, concern is turning to alarm.
(October 11, 2010) Worsening water shortages across Asia may hamper the region’s ability to maintain economic growth, writes Alan Wheatley.
(September 30, 2010) With wildlife habitat and cultural heritage at stake, dam projects on the lower Mekong River must be debated in public forums, writes The Nation editorial board.
(September 24, 2010) Laos is moving ahead with plans for hydroelectric development on the Mekong River, despite concerns from conservation groups, writes Jonathan Watts in the Guardian.
(September 23, 2010) “If the wars of this century were fought over oil, the wars of the next century will be fought over water,” warned Dr. Ismail Serageldin, former Vice-President for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development at the World Bank, in 1995.
(September 10, 2010) Residents in Cambodia are blaming Chinese dams upstream on the Mekong River for the recent drought, reports Linda Mottram for Radio Australia.
(September 9, 2010) Writing in Forbes, Steven Solomon says China’s control of Tibet gives it almost complete control over Asia’s water supply.
(September 8, 2010) Probe International is named as one of the groups calling on the Mekong River Commission to halt construction of dams on the Mekong River.
(August 30, 2010) Asian giant shares dam information as U.S. takes advantage of China’s poor reputation in Southeast Asia.
(August 24, 2010) Forget the South China Sea. If America really cares about strengthening its presence in Asia, it’ll focus on the Mekong River instead, writes John Lee in Foreign Policy.
(August 13, 2010) A report from Deutsche Presse-Agentur says the US-based Stimson Centre has warned the Mekong River may be turned into a “Chinese river.”