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Mining Tibet, Poisoning China

At The Asian Review of Books, the University of Sydney’s Kerry Brown reviews Gabriel Lafitte’s forthcoming book, Spoiling Tibet: China and Resource Nationalism on the Roof of the World, available October 8th: A few...

Pole-Land: The Climate of Tibet

The Economist examines conflicting research into the effects of climate change on the Tibetan plateau and surrounding mountains, known collectively as Earth’s “Third Pole”: Until recently studies of the Third...

Tibet’s Untouchable Environmental Challenges

Tibet’s environment is in jeopardy due to mining and hydropower operations, but despite increasing damage, many are afraid to speak up due to the sensitive nature of Tibet-related topics. Even for Southern Weekly, one of the...

Landslide Draws Attention to Toll of Mining on Tibet

Rescue work has resumed at the site of a disaster-struck mine near Lhasa after being suspended on Monday due to the risk of further landslides. The bodies of 59 of the 83 workers buried last Friday have now been recovered. China...

Tibet: Culture on the Edge

Outside Magazine has published a slideshow of photos by Phil Borges from his new book, Tibet: Culture on the Edge. The book documents Tibet as it confronts the triple threat of, “global warming, development, and cultural...

Little Hu and the Mining of the Grasslands

As the 2012 leadership transition looms, The Economist profiles a man tipped to come out ahead in 2022: Hu Chunhua, whose current position as Party secretary of Inner Mongolia parallels Hu (no relation) Jintao’s equivalent...

Woeser: "Sershül Monastery In Recent Years"

High Peaks Pure Earth translates a series of tweets and a blog post written by poet and writer Woeser during her recent travels in Tibet. They describe the environmental impact of resource extraction, the organisation of...

Beer Company Threatens Tibetan Antelope

A Chinese brewery’s plans for promotional trips to a Tibetan nature reserve threaten to undermine past successes in protecting the plateau’s wildlife. From The Guardian: Kekexili – also known as Hoh Xil –...

Uttam Kumar Sinha: Tibet’s Watershed Challenge

Uttam Kumar Sinha, a research fellow at the nonpartisan Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, writes in the Washington Post: While Tibet raises a number of controversial questions, one dimension will assume...

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...

China Plans String of Dams in South Tibet

China is planning to build several dams in southern Tibet to help meet energy demand. From the Guardian: …Officials in Lhasa argue the dams are the least damaging way of providing power and raising living standards in the...

Chinalco Takes On Volatile Tibet

China’s largest mining company announced that it would step up operations in Tibet, home to numerous mineral resource deposits. From Forbes: The country’s largest miner, Aluminum Corp. of China (nyse: ACH –...

Why Tibet is Boiling Over (Updated)

Update (March 22): The Los Angeles Times pieces together eyewitness accounts to create a timeline of the Tibet unrest: China has barred Western journalists from entering Tibet and ethnic Tibetan areas. But interviews with...

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