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Dams & Deforestation: Yunnan’s Water Woes

At The New York Times, Andrew Jacobs reports environmentalists’ frustration with the decision to resume damming on southwest China’s Nu River. The new dams are expected to displace as many as 60,000 people locally,...

China’s Massive Water Problem

This week saw the release of China’s first national water report, covering “river conditions, water conservancy projects, water consumption, river development and management, and water and soil conservation in...

Renewed Damming in China Sparks Concern Downstream

“Shocking” news emerged last month of Chinese plans to resume hydropower exploitation of the Nu (Salween), Lancang (Mekong) and Jinsha rivers. At The Hindu, Ananth Krishnan reported that three new dams have also been...

Peter Bosshard: Dam Nation

For Foreign Policy, dam expert Peter Bosshard writes about China’s new five-year plan, which appears to be environmentally conscious but, in Bosshard’s view, “proposes to sacrifice the country’s arteries...

The Yangtze: Rapids Ahead

The Guardian reviews the work of photographer Nadav Kander, who traveled the length of the Yangtze River to document it: His project is suffused with a sense of transience, partly because of the proximity of the river, with its...

Three River Delta Areas Sinking

From the China Daily, a report that three of China’s major river deltas are sinking, thanks to global warming and excessive water extraction: The Pearl, Yangtze and Yellow river deltas in China are among the 33 major...

Flash Video: China’s Dam Builders Go Global

From InternationalRivers.org: Western financiers are not building as many dams as they used to. Now, more and more dams around the world are being built by Chinese institutions. China’s overseas dam industry is now...

Video: Tibetan Plateau in Peril

Asia Society has produced a documentary about the impact of global warming on the Tibetan plateau, the rivers which originate there, and the people who depend on them to live. From the introduction: As the source of most of the...

In China, Race to Ease Pressure on Dammed River

The New York Times reports on efforts to release pressure from the dammed Bai He river that threatens millions of earthquake survivors who live downstream: During the past two days, more than 600 people have been working around...

Investigating China’s Water Pollution: The Disasters Are Not Natural, But Manmade – Sina.com

“Observation and Reflection” „ÄäËßÇÂØü‰∏éÊÄùËÄÉ„Äãis a biweekly news magazine published by the Academy of Social Sciences of Zhejiang province. The following excerpts, translated by CDT, are from an article in the latest issue, via sina.com: China is a country in which water resources are extremely scarce. The total non-salt water amount is 2, 800, 000,000,000 cubic […]

Chinese Water: A Picture is Worth… – Tree Hugger

And yet more proof of the challenges faced by those trying to clean up China’s environment… From TreeHugger.com: “Water samples collected by Wu Yilong from Chinese urban rivers and lakes.” Photo credit: Teh Eng Koon/AFP/Getty Images

Delegates speak out in defence of rivers – Three Gorges Probe

Three Gorges Probe has compiled and translated news relating to China’s rivers from the recent NPC/CPPCC meetings: Cai Qihua, director of the Changjiang (Yangtze) Water Resources Commission and a delegate to the National People’s Congress, has called on the government to pay more attention to the safety of areas below the Three Gorges dam, and […]

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