(November 9, 2010) Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Probe International’s Executive Director Patricia Adams calls recent plans to pump raw sea water thousands of miles from the coast to the deserts of Xinjiang uneconomic and impractical—and one that only a government undisciplined by markets and public oversight would ever contemplate, let alone implement.
(November 7, 2010) Water has risen to its maximum level at China’s Three Gorges Dam, driving electricity output to full capacity at the world’s largest hydropower plant for the first time.
(November 4, 2010) Workers in central China have fished 3,800 tonnes of rubbish out of the Three Gorges Dam in just six days, state media said, as the trash threatened to jam up the massive structure.
(October 26, 2010) China’s massive Three Gorges dam reservoir is finally sitting at its maximum height of 175 metres.
(October 21, 2010) China’s state run media outlet, China Daily, is reporting that the reservoir behind the Three Gorges is inching closer to its maximum level.
(Sepember 23, 2010) Given their relatively short lifetimes to date, modern dams remain generally untested against real-world seismic activity. A report from the International Commission On Large Dams considers the lessons learned from the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake.
(September 1, 2010) Deng Hai, from the New Century Weekly, looks at the never-ending plans involved in managing the Three Gorges reservoir.
(August 31, 2010) Chinese officials come out with a new plan to slow pollution along the Yangtze River and its Three Gorges Dam, reports AFP.
(August 31, 2010) Thirty-five years on from the horrific Banqiao Dam disaster, heavy flooding is causing some Chinese to wonder whether the new Three Gorges Dam is an engineering triumph or a tragedy waiting to happen, writes CLIFFORD COONAN in Beijing.
(August 26, 2010) More evidence that the fallout from natural disasters hitting countries like Pakistan are being made worse made poor development.
(August 24, 2010) The Chinese government is forging ahead with its ambitious and controversial plans for development on its rivers, writes Brady Yauch.
China geological disasters ten times higher this year but officials insist dams and development are not to blame
(August 23, 2010) Chinese officials say “there’s nothing to see here” regarding the rise in geological disasters.
(August 19, 2010) As the Chinese people fret these days about our unusual weather, and about floods in the north and south, and in the Yangtze valley in particular, a Web posting attracted widespread attention. Using material from the official media, such as Xinhua and CCTV, and highlighting their headlines in particular, the authors accused the Three Gorges project authority of “boasting.”
(August 17, 2010) Lumberjacks stripped slopes and builders ignored warnings before deadly mudslides devastated Zhouqu County.
(August 16, 2010) The dam was hailed as an engineering feat that could withstand the worst flood in 100 years. But this year’s torrential rains have severely tested its capacity to control the surging Yangtze, writes John M. Glionna in the Los Angeles Times.