Since the impoundment of the Three Gorges reservoir began in 2003, tens of thousands of earthquakes have been recorded in the reservoir area. Chinese geologist and environmentalist, Fan Xiao, looks at the […]
Updated: Three Gorges Dam reservoir reaches 175m
(October 31, 2011) China’s Three Gorges reservoir reached full capacity at 5 pm on October 30, for the second time since its construction. As the water level rises, so do the risks.
Lu Qinkan’s Three Gorges warnings were unheeded, dire consequences now toll
(June 16, 2011) Lu Qinkan warned against construction of the Three Gorges Dam. Now his predictions have come to pass as the Yangtze river basin lurches from floods to drought.
Dammed if they do
(June 15, 2011) Low water levels in Poyang Lake, due to the Three Gorges reservoir withholding vital water supplies, encourage the Jiangxi government to consider building yet another dam to mitigate water shortages.
Water level at Three Gorges Project hits full capacity
(October 26, 2010) The water level at the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest water control and hydropower project, reached its designed highest mark Tuesday.
Three Gorges water close to max
(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.
Reservoir water level lowered for flood season
The Three Gorges reservoir is being lowered for the summer flood
season, with the water level going down four metres this month to 135
metres, an official project publication reports.
Chongqing pollution crackdown
Delegates speak out in defence of rivers
River-related news from the two important political meetings held this month in Beijing included calls to tackle risks related to silt buildup in the Three Gorges reservoir, to curb dam-building on China’s rivers and to protect rare fish in the Yangtze.
Funds needed to prevent 'sewage lake'
China’s top planning agency is appealing to Beijing for extra funds to prevent the planned Three Gorges reservoir from becoming a huge sewage lake.
Villagers isolated by a rising reservoir
Villagers on the Xiangxi River find it harder to visit loved ones, and to access vital services such as shops, schools and hospitals, since the filling of the Three Gorges reservoir caused their river to become much wider and more expensive to cross.
Dearth of industry in the reservoir region
Many aging factories in the Three Gorges reservoir area are being shut down because they are so polluting. The closures entail heavy job losses, and a shortage of employment alternatives is fast becoming a widespread problem.
Big blow to small-boat owners on the Yangtze
Certain kinds of vessels are to be barred from entering the Three Gorges reservoir, further evidence that small is not beautiful to the builders of the world’s biggest dam.