(September 27, 2005) A bold open letter calling on Beijing to release documents related to controversial plans to dam the Nu River in southwest China has sparked an Internet petition drive that is steadily gaining momentum.
(September 7, 2005) Dozens of Chinese environmental groups and close to 100 concerned experts have joined forces to publish a dramatic open letter urging the government to release documents related to secretive plans to dam the Nu River in southwest China.
(April 27, 2005) China’s minister of water resources says his ministry does not object to plans to dam the Nu River in Yunnan province but disagrees with the number of projects proposed, suggesting excessive hydropower development is not the way of the future for China.
(November 8, 2004) Troops with steel helmets and machine guns have moved in to the Hanyuan county seat in Sichuan province as tensions run high in the Pubugou dam conflict, according to Chinese-language Hong Kong newspaper reports today.
(October 8, 2004) One of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions is threatened by a plan to build eight big dams on the Jinsha River (as the upper Yangtze is known), and the Chinese press and environmental groups are speaking out.
(September 28, 2004) Were it not for the nine non-government organizations focusing on environmental protection, most people would not know that a dam is going to be constructed at Hutiao Gorge in South China’s Yunnan Province.
(August 6, 2004) A commentator who takes issue with views expressed by the former manager of the Three Gorges Corp. praises environmental groups opposed to big dams for their ‘respectful, constructive and effective’ campaigns.
(June 29, 2004) Farmers who would be displaced by the controversial Nu River scheme were shocked at how people resettled a decade ago have fared: ‘We don’t like to see a situation where dams make power companies and governments richer, and poor people only poorer.’
(April 27, 2004) According to the Yunnan Provincial Development and Reform Committee, State Council recently approved the Jinghong hydropower project on Lancang River.
(April 16, 2004) The uncertainty swirling around China’s plans for a cascade of 13 dams on the Nu River in Yunnan province is precisely the kind of story that a beleaguered Guangzhou-based media group would have been keen to cover in happier times.
(March 11, 2004) People displaced by a dam in Hebei province sought the help of a Beijing lawyer to present a petition to the National People’s Congress. The lawyer, who has been forced into hiding, has written a dramatic on-line account of what happened next.
(February 4, 2004) Prof. Zhang reflects on the courage of his late colleague Huang Wanli: ‘It’s not easy for all of us to speak out the way he did, is it?’
(October 16, 2003) Fierce competition among China’s new power giants has touched off a dam-building spree in the country that already has almost half of the world’s big dams.
(May 30, 2003) As the huge reservoir behind China’s controversial Three Gorges dam begins to fill up this weekend, an urgent rescue operation is being launched further upstream to save the dam from being choked by silt.
(May 9, 2003) The Three Gorges Corp. is planning to build four more dams in the Yangtze Valley to help absorb the huge labour force that was assembled for Three Gorges and will soon be idle, a Chinese newspaper says.