(November 19, 2007) Last year, Chinese officials celebrated the completion of the Three Gorges Dam by releasing a list of 10 world records. As in: The Three Gorges is the world’s biggest dam, biggest power plant and biggest consumer of dirt, stone, concrete and steel. Ever. Even the project’s official tally of 1.13 million displaced people made the list as record No. 10.
(November 18, 2007) Probe Fellow Dai Qing responds to New York Times readers’ online queries about China’s environmental woes and the Three Gorges dam. This is part four of the New York Times “Choking on Growth” series that looks at the causes and effects of China’s environmental crisis.
(November 12, 2007) Three Gorges Probe decodes China’s latest urban and rural development plans for the Three Gorges reservoir region.
(November 6, 2007) Several times this year, Tan Mingzhu had the terrible feeling her home in central China was about to collapse in on her family.
(November 1, 2007) Skeptics about the world’s biggest hydroelectric dam are being vindicated as Chinese officials are becoming more worried about landslides and pollution in the Three Gorges reservoir and its tributaries.
(October 23, 2007) China’s central government recently warned of a potential ecological catastrophe caused by the huge Three Gorges dam, once hailed as the country’s greatest undertaking in 1,000 years. Jianqiang Liu reports on how views of the project have changed.
(October 19, 2007) China’s official news agency Xinhua reported last month that disaster could strike the Three Gorges dam region unless key problems — including landslides and bank erosion — are solved. Probe International’s executive director, Patricia Adams, and International Fellow, Dai Qing, assess the change in government rhetoric after years of assurances the dam is environmentally benign.
(October 12, 2007) At least four million people are to be moved from the area around China’s Three Gorges Dam amid warnings of an "environmental catastrophe".
(October 12, 2007) At least 4 million people from the Three Gorges Reservoir area are to be relocated to cities in the next 10 to 15 years, Chongqing Municipality Vice-Mayor Yu Yuanmu said.
(October 5, 2007) Probe International Fellow Dai Qing comments on China’s admission that the Three Gorges dam could cause environmental catastrophe.
China warns of Three Gorges catastrophe while local officials plan second mass resettlement, tourism development
(October 2, 2007) One week before Chinese officials warned of environmental ‘catastrophe’ from the Three Gorges dam, municipal officials announced plans to "safeguard" the environment and develop tourism in the Three Gorges reservoir area by moving another million people.
(September 26, 2007) Chinese officials and experts have admitted the Three Gorges Dam project has caused an array of ecological ills, including more frequent landslides and pollution, and if preventive measures are not taken, there could be an environmental "catastrophe"
(August 29, 2007) The Three Gorges Dam project is suffering from unforeseen problems including landslides and water pollution, raising new doubts about a project that has come to symbolize the country’s effort to control its environment.
(August 29, 2007) China’s vaunted engineering marvel, the Three Gorges Dam, drew fierce criticism during its construction for uprooting more than a million people and manhandling the Yangtze River basin. Now, a year after completion, the project has new problems — including landslides, water pollution and suggestions that the dam could contribute to the very flooding it was built to prevent.
(June 17, 2007) Eight farmers are missing while ten others were rescued after a massive landslide in central China’s Hubei province, an official said on Sunday.