Dam Breach in Shanxi Leads to Flooding, Evacuation

Chinese state media reports that a dam in Shanxi has collapsed causing the shutdown of a highway. This comes amid criticism of the Shanxi government’s cover up of a water contamination incident due to an industrial aniline...

Dam Breach Kills At Least 10

After Typhoon Haikui landed in Zhejiang Province, according to Xinhua, local authorities have evacuated 1.5 million people and downpours continue. As China is still recovering, the Global Times reports a dam in east Zhejiang...

Happy Birthday, World Commission on Dams!

At China Dialogue, International Rivers’ Peter Bosshard marks the 10th anniversary of the World Commission on Dams report, which was unveiled by Nelson Mandela in London on November 16th, 2000. The commission proposed a...

China Bank to Fund Controversial African Dam

International Rivers has confirmed that the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is backing Ethiopia’s controversial Gibe 3 dam, whose generating equipment is to be provided by the Dongfang Electric Corporation. While...

Canada’s Aid Seeded China Dam – Ian Johnson

From The Wall Street Journal: The Canadian government’s little-examined role in the building of China’s Three Gorges Dam sheds light on how foreign governments and companies helped China move forward with one of the most controversial engineering projects in history. Many Western governments, including the U.S., initially refused to support China’s plan to build the […]

China: New Dam Builder for the World – Shai Oster

From SudanTribune: Home to almost half of the world’s 45,000 biggest dams, China has embarked on a push to export its hydropower know-how to developing countries — even as it contends with environmental damage and social upheaval at home from the massive Three Gorges Dam. Many other countries and international organizations have begun to shy […]

China Set to Finance Controversial Dam – Yuki Tanabe eKantipur.com

From eKantipur.com – Nepal’s No.1 News Portal: It has been 12 years since the World Bank dropped its support for the massive and costly Arun III Hydroelectric Project in Nepal in response to local and international criticism. Today, Indian companies are bidding to construct Arun III and the Asian Development Bank and Chinese financial institutions […]

Work Moves Ahead at China’s Xiluodu Scheme

From International Water Power and Dam Construction: Construction work has taken another step forward for the 12.6GW Xiluodu hydropower scheme on the Jianshajiang river, in China, after the previous set back due to the country’s environmental agency acting on a number of schemes. Official media in China report that work on damming the Jianshajiang has […]

Dam protester put to death in secret, rushed execution – Kelly Haggart

From Three Gorges Probe: A 20-year-old who took part in angry local protests against the Pubugou dam in Sichuan province two years ago was executed last week, with neither his family nor his lawyer notified beforehand. Chen Yongzhong, the father of the executed prisoner, learned of his son’s fate only when police instructed him to […]

Villagers isolated by a rising reservoir

From Hubei Daily, translated by Three Gorges Probe: The people of Wangusi village on the Xiangxi River, a major Yangtze tributary 45 kilometres upstream of the Three Gorges dam, have seen their way of life dramatically altered by the filling of the reservoir. The 2,890 villagers, in 804 households, have faced tremendous difficulty getting across […]

Liang Chao: 400,000 to relocate for water project

From China Daily: Up to 400,000 people are facing relocation to make way for a project diverting water from the Yangtze River to China’s parched north, it was revealed yesterday. Zhang Jiyao, director of the Office of the South-North Water Diversion Project Construction Committee under the State Council, announced the planned exodus at a conference […]

Susan Jakes: Power Play – China’s underdog environmental agency scores a big victory

From the TIME Asia Magazine: China’s State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) has long been a watchdog without a bite. Charged with ensuring that the country’s natural resources aren’t trampled by its headlong economic growth, SEPA must go up against other branches of government, state-owned companies and China’s burgeoning private enterprises”and it usually comes out on […]

Andrew Yeh: China orders halt to part of Three Gorges dam

From the Financial Times: China dam imageChina’s primary environmental authority says it has secured the agreement of the country’s largest dam developer to modify the construction of part of the Three Gorges project and another large hydropower station following a dispute over the enforcement of environmental standards. The State Environmental Protection Administration in Beijing announced […]

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