Late last year, Mu Lan, the editor of Probe International’s Three Gorges Probe news service in Chinese, followed the central leg of China’s massive South-to-North Water Diversion Project with his camera as it made its way from Hubei Province to Beijing, the project’s ultimate destination.
(May 16, 2014) Lake Poyang, the largest freshwater lake in China, has in the past decade suffered record low water levels and its worst drought in 60 years. Although uneven rainfall patterns and industry on the lake are partly behind the decline in volume, the Three Gorges Dam has emerged as a major cause of the lake’s shocking dry-up. On a recent trip to China, Mu Lan, the editor of Probe International’s Chinese Three Gorges Probe news service, explored the link between Poyang’s crisis and the country’s hydro colossus.
(May 16, 2014) Mu Lan, the editor of our Chinese Three Gorges Probe news service, documents in pictures the decline of China’s largest freshwater lake on the southern bank of the Yangtze River in east China’s Jiangxi Province for his report, “Is the Three Gorges Dam to blame for extreme drought in the Lake Poyang area?”
(July 25, 2013) Wu Dengming, praised as “China’s green hero” for his tireless dedication to protecting the environment, passed away this month, aged 73. He is remembered here by those who knew and admired him — even those commercial interests he challenged — as a remarkable and devoted advocate to the end.
(January 5, 2012) Yang Yong on the future of river management in China and the issues currently facing the country’s more controversial dam projects.
(November 27, 2008) Mountains of floating garbage, geological problems, and stranded cargo ships prompted China’s Three Gorges dam authority to suspend filling the dam’s reservoir to its final height last month, according to the popular magazine South Weekend (Nanfang Zhoumo).
(August 7, 2003) “We should take migrants’ rights and interests seriously, and never view their reasonable demands as constituting criminal activities,” two senior researchers write in a prestigious Chinese journal.
(October 5, 2007) Probe International Fellow Dai Qing comments on China’s admission that the Three Gorges dam could cause environmental catastrophe.
(February 4, 2004) Prof. Zhang reflects on the courage of his late colleague Huang Wanli: ‘It’s not easy for all of us to speak out the way he did, is it?’
In a third petition to top Chinese authorities, a leading hydrologist issues an urgent appeal for the design and construction of the Three Gorges project to be re-examined.
(August 1, 2003) A respected Chinese publication investigates why more than one-third of the country’s dams and reservoirs are considered dangerous, and quotes a top hydropower engineer as saying, "There is something wrong with the whole management system."
(July 17, 2000) Senior engineers and academics submitted this second protest letter, with an attached petition to China’s leaders in June, 2000. They point out the technical problems of siltation and population movements.