Category: Dams and Landslides

Chinese dam projects criticized for their human costs

(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.

New York Times “Choking on Growth” series

(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.

China counts cost of Three Gorges Dam

(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.

In China, New Risks Emerge At Giant Three Gorges Dam

(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.