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China's Great Dam Boom: An Assault on Its River Systems

Environment  (tags: China, policy, dam building, environment, destruction, ecosystems, habitat, habitatdestruction, politics, pollution, nature, humans, protection, wildlife, world )

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China is engaged in a push to build hydroelectric dams on a scale unprecedented in human history. While being touted for producing lower-emission electricity, these massive dam projects are wreaking havoc on river systems across China and Southeast Asia.


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Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 3:35 am
Yes - there's a big one planned in Thailand too (very controversial)... it is happening all across Asia - you should see the destruction out here... its mind boggling! All to feed a planet that has too many people... we gotta address the problem of human population or nature is going to do it for us and it won't be pretty!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 3:40 am
The report quotes "The still free-flowing Nu, or Salween, River will have as many as 13 dams. On a map, each projected cascade looks like a string of beads. " The Salween River flows into Thailand... and they are doing the same Dam thing (excuse the pun).

The diverted waters into these huge man-made monstrousities, takes away vital runoffs into the remaining forests. The shortsightedness of these epic constructions is beyond belief!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 4:53 am

pam w (139)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 5:59 am
While in China, I met a geologist who spoke with GREAT reservations about the massive weight of the Three Gorges dam system pressing on the fault which created the Yangtze river. Of course, this is the dam which destroyed huge numbers of animal species.

The Chinese will regret these dams, one day

Paola Ballanti (33)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 10:31 am

TOM T (248)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 10:42 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 10:50 am
This is what happens when you take people who have no respect for life and give them some money, they go wild and do not care who they hurt. Too many people already on the planet and no one in any high office has the courage to address this problem. They will wait until there is nothing left for anyone, man or animals.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 12:02 pm

Dianne D (490)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 12:18 pm
They will be sorry. They need to learn from other countries. Damns are built on greed so the one group has more and the other less.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 1:03 pm
Thanks; noted.

Marija M (28)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 1:07 pm
Noted, tks Cal

Jamie Clemons (282)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 1:39 pm
I actually think that maybe Hydroelectric isn't so bad when compared to coal plants and nuclear plants.

Rosa Caldwell (384)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 1:42 pm
We need to keep all our rivers clean worldwide.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 2:02 pm
Thanks for the article.

Roger G (148)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 2:08 pm
noted, thanks

. (0)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 2:17 pm
China's greatest fault is its hubris. They always think they know better, and most of their enviromental escapades end in disaster. They of course would never ask the West for advice at the cost of human life.

S S (0)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 2:24 pm
Thank you.

Sonny Honrado (5)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 2:48 pm
Is this what you call "progress"?

greenplanet e (155)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 4:59 pm
Bigger is not better.

An earthquake risk, also loss of habitats, animals, plants and villages etc.

. (0)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 8:02 pm
𝕹𝖔𝖙𝖊𝖉. 𝕿𝖍𝖆𝖓𝖐𝖘 𝕮𝖆𝖑!

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 9:02 pm
Why can't they just leave things alone? Thanks Cal

Ondine J (134)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 10:40 pm
Thanks Cal, greed prevails

Jan F (15)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 11:15 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 1:17 am
So, they can do nothing and leave most of their citizens lacking, they can build damns that they see as green energy, they can build coal power plants and be criticize, or they could go nuclear and really be criticized. What to do?

Tanya W (65)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 6:18 am
Noted. Bloody China!!!

Frances Darcy (124)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 6:25 am

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 6:29 am

susan a (19)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 7:13 am
I think man,meaning all of our so called leaders has gone just too far.....he knows better than nature and he won't listen to advice We have super- ceded all other creatures on the planet with our numbers ,and nobody wants to address this.I despair for earth and all other life forms .man seems to have "made his bed"and woe betide anybody that ruffles the sheets..All for money yet again.

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 5:32 pm
Noted. TY for the article Cal

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 11:59 pm

Kathleen R (138)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 1:46 pm

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Saturday March 29, 2014, 1:10 pm
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