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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...

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