A sweeping campaign to exterminate rodents in the Three Gorges area is getting under way at a time of heightened concern about the easy availability of rat poison in China, and its frequent use in murders and suicides.
‘World’s greatest air-conditioner’ gives rise to a lot of hot air
The extent to which the huge Three Gorges reservoir will affect the climate in the region is the hot topic at the centre of a perplexing series of contradictory statements issued recently by the corporation building the dam.
China to build biggest inter-valley water market on earth
(September 11, 2002) ‘China will construct the world’s biggest inter-valley water market based on its gigantic south-to-north water diversion project,’ XInhua reports.
Cleanup tackles radioactive waste, graves, and rats
(July 23, 2002) Three Gorges clean-up: Wanzhou tackles radioactive waste and prepares to move graves, while Chongqing prepares to exterminate rats.
Three killed in dam-site accident
Three men died yesterday morning and four others are fighting for their lives after scaffolding at the Three Gorges dam construction site collapsed, sending workers plunging to the ground.
Landslides put lives at risk in Three Gorges area
(May 14, 2002) Heavy rain in the Three Gorges dam area this month has triggered half a dozen landslides that have put hundreds of lives at risk and heightened concern about the region’s geological instability.
Damming the Yangtse
Downstream, the mountainous walls of the Three Gorges Dam are rising skywards and reaching out across the river they will block next year. Over the coming months, the temple and the surrounding towns and villages for hundreds of miles will be evacuated in preparation for the flood. The waters will climb almost 200 metres, creating a lake the length of England.
Officials say they’re not papering over the cracks
(April 2, 2002) Small cracks in the Three Gorges dam discovered in 1999 have multiplied and grown. Construction officials say that although they regret not having taken the problem seriously at first, it is now being fixed.
Big dam beset by big money troubles
(March 19, 2002) The cost of moving people to make way for the Three Gorges dam has soared hundreds of millions of dollars over budget and is one reason project managers are now scrambling to resolve funding problems, a respected Chinese publication reports.
Migrant leaders languish in jail, one year on
(March 12, 2002) Four men detained for attempting to petition authorities in Beijing about corruption in the Three Gorges resettlement operation remain in prison, one year after their arrest.
Three Gorges resettlement: quick, coercive, corrupt
Residents of Wushan county who have refused to move to make way for the Three Gorges reservoir have had their homes blown up, the Three Gorges Project Daily (Sanxia gongcheng bao) reports.
Migrants not above the law, newspaper warns
People displaced by the Three Gorges dam should not regard themselves as "special citizens" above the law, the Three Gorges Project Daily (Sanxia gongcheng bao) has warned.
New rules seek to address resettlement abuses
Officials attempting to clamp down on widespread corruption in the Three Gorges dam resettlement operation have introduced new regulations pertaining to individual migrants.
Heat turned up on resettlement officials
A district at the centre of the intensifying drive to move residents from the Three Gorges dam area is offering resettlement officials both a carrot and a stick to help focus their minds on their unpleasant task.
Earthquake hits Three Gorges area
(January 4, 2002) An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.1 shook an area 40 kilometres upstream of the Three Gorges dam last month, the Three Gorges Project Daily (Sanxia gongcheng bao) reported.