(January 6, 2009) The number of earthquake-related fatalities across the world was much higher in 2008 than in recent years.
(January 1, 2009) In The World’s Water 2008-2009, the Pacific Institute’s Dr. Gleick examines the usual anticipated benefits of the Three Gorges Dam: power, navigation and flood control and the growing list of problems — serious impacts on fisheries, coastal erosion due to vastly lower sediment flow in the Yangtze, landslides, earthquakes and social unrest due to the displacement of millions of people.
(December 4, 2008) In a delayed response to two major landslides in the Three Gorges reservoir last month, officials in Beijing now say the slides pose no danger to local residents or shipping, and that natural factors triggered the landslides, not the filling of the Three Gorges dam’s reservoir.
(December 1, 2008) On November 29, a major landslide hit Wu Gorge, one of the deepest canyons upstream of the Three Gorges dam on the Yangtze River, Xinhua reported on December 1.
(November 27, 2008) Mountains of floating garbage, geological problems, and stranded cargo ships prompted China’s Three Gorges dam authority to suspend filling the dam’s reservoir to its final height last month, according to the popular magazine South Weekend (Nanfang Zhoumo).
(November 23, 2008) An earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale jolted Zigui County in central China’s Hubei Province at 4:01 p.m. Saturday, the National Seismic Network reported.
(October 29, 2008) Last month in Vientiane, a spokesman for one of China’s largest dam planning agencies1 assured the Mekong River Commission (which includes the four lower Mekong countries of Lao PDR, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam) that dam-building on the upper Mekong would have only “limited impact” downstream.
(October 1, 2008) As China’s Three Gorges dam nears completion, displaced people are still fighting for fair compensation. Canada, as the dam’s lead international financier, should stand up for the victims.
(September 7, 2008) Up to 20 million people, thousands of whom are already displaced from their homes following the devastating Chinese earthquake, are at increased risk from flooding and major power shortages in the massive Sichuan Basin over the next few decades and possibly centuries.
(September 4, 2008) An English merchant by the name of A. J. Little who spent a month and a half travelling by wooden sailing boat in the Three Gorges from Hankou to Chongqing in the spring of 1883 recorded this description in his book “Sailing the Three Gorges:”
Forget the Olympics. This is China’s most spectacular extravaganza.
Chinese environmentalists and scholars appeal for dam safety assessments in geologically unstable south-west China
(July 8, 2008) Experts and environmental activists have submitted a petition asking the Chinese government to reassess the safety of large-scale dam projects and make their findings public.
(August 31, 2007) Officially it’s the answer to northern China’s water crisis but senior Chinese geologists and experts are not confident that the central government’s plans for diverting water from the upper Yangtze into the parched Yellow River valley is worth the extraordinary risk and cost.
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