(April 19, 2011) China defended its ambitious network of dams Tuesday, saying that it is developing its rivers in a responsible way and would never do anything to harm the interests of neighbours who live downstream of the Tibetan plateau.
While many believe that nuclear is the most dangerous source of electricity, the designation actually belongs to major hydroelectric dams.
(March 6, 2007) The Nu River runs through southwest China’s Yunnan province — and the Three Parallel Rivers National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site — before flowing downstream to Burma and Thailand, where it is known as the Salween. It is Southeast Asia’s last major free-flowing river, but plans are under way to dam it in both China and Burma.
(February 28, 2007) The proposed construction of a dam and hydroelectric plant on southwest China’s Nu River has sparked one of the country’s most heated environmental debates.
(October 26, 2006) China’s minister of water resources has poured cold water on the plan to build 13 dams on the Nu River in the southwest of the country, calling the proposal a form of "predatory development."
(September 26, 2006) The proposal to build 13 hydropower plants on the Nu (Salween) River in southwestern China’s Yunnan Province constitutes a form of “predatory development”, said Wang Shucheng, China’s Minister of Water Resources.
(July 3, 2006) Greens may cancel plan to sue dams watchdog.
(June 15, 2006) The International Rivers Network (IRN) is appealing for help to keep the Nu (Salween) River in China flowing freely. The river is one of only two undammed rivers in China.
Probe International Special Report: Grainne Ryder argues that China’s new electricity regulator should initiate a full-cost review of state dam-building in earthquake-prone Yunnan province.
(April 25, 2006) Background information on the plans to dam the Nu River, one of only two major rivers in China unfragmented by dams.
(April 25, 2006) Yu Xiaogang, who has won a 2006 Goldman Environmental Prize, led a group of Nu valley farmers on a field trip two years ago to visit the Manwan dam on the Lancang (Mekong) River. The visitors were shocked at the destitution they found.
(March 4, 2006) China’s top environmental agency last week issued a set of “provisional guidelines” on the public’s right to participate in decision-making on large projects such as big dams.
(October 19, 2005) As controversy swirls in China around development plans for the Nu River in Yunnan province, 90 environmental and community groups in Burma and Thailand have lodged their own appeal with Beijing to keep the pristine international river free of dams.
(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.