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  1. Mega dams meant to control siltation will add to ecological woe, experts warn

    Posted Feb 27th 2008, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao China is paying a heavy price for underestimating silt accumulation in the Three Gorges reservoir with plans to build more mega dams upstream of the Yangtze River, which ... questions over siltation and insisted that it posed no threats to the Three Gorges,' said Fan Xiao, a geologist in Sichuan. 'But now siltation at the dam reservoir has been cited as a main ...

  2. Rumours of dam-building leave villagers fearing for their future

    Posted Feb 25th 2008, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Fugong county on the border with Myanmar, Mr Hu is worried his quiet life is about to change forever as rumours fly about the imminent damming of the river. 'Speculation has been rife again recently that a series of hydropower dams will be built on the river soon, but we have no clue as to when construction will start,' he said. According to the latest rumour, headway has been ...

  3. Gag order over fatal dam burst

    Posted Oct 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen A Shanghai-based Xinhua journalist who exposed a mine disaster cover-up in Shanxi was summoned to Beijing and told yesterday to keep his mouth shut. Reporter Sun Chunlong had a scoop in the Xinhua-owned Oriental Outlook weekly magazine about the bursting of a mine-tailings dam on August 1 that submerged a hamlet in Loufan county, Shanxi , claiming more than 40 lives. ...

  4. Dams back on the agenda despite quake

    Posted Dec 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen Energy official allays fears of hydropower Public fears since the Sichuan earthquake about the environmental risks of dams are unwarranted, and the mainland will push ahead ... department, said media reports on a malfunctioning hydroelectric dam in the aftermath of the quake had given the public- and many government officials- the wrong impression of the power source. ...

  5. Temple move highlights major challenges as waters rise behind Three Gorges Dam

    Posted Dec 16th 2008, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... of the Three Kingdoms period. At a cost of 40 million yuan (HK$45.4 million), the temple was moved stone by stone from a site swallowed by the Three Gorges' Dam reservoir and is one of the few historical treasures saved. Mainland authorities point to the relocation as part of the engineering triumph of the dam, but the villagers say they have lost fertile land to the rebuilt temple ...

  6. Greens demand halt to 'feverish' dam building

    Posted Jun 20th 2008, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... plans to build big dams in the earthquake-prone southwest. An open letter issued yesterday appealed to mainland authorities to launch risk assessments of big hydropower projects in quake-devastated Sichuan and neighbouring Yunnan before giving the go-ahead to the building of more dams in geologically unstable areas. The letter came after a survey by the Ministry of Water Resources ...

  7. Van Dam makes most of late show

    Posted Nov 15th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay in Macau Teammates Carlo van Dam and Keisuke Kunimoto hold all the aces, for the moment, after they grabbed the top two slots on the grid for the 10-lap Formula Three qualification race at the 55th Macau Grand Prix today. Japan F3 champion Van Dam grabbed pole for the TOM'S team with a last-gasp lap of two minutes and 11:846 seconds, enough to give him the early ...

  8. Contentious dam begins power generation

    Posted Jun 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing A new dam on the Lancang River in southern Yunnan province started power production amid environmental concerns and scepticism from countries on the lower reaches ... of mainland scientists and environmentalists for the government to suspend the approval of big dams in the quake-prone southwest, especially in the wake of the Sichuan disaster. A major earthquake ...

  9. Quake survivors now face threat of flooding from damaged dams

    Posted Sep 04th 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing Survivors of Saturday's earthquake in Panzhihua, Sichuan province, face a new threat- flooding from damaged dams- officials warned yesterday. Huang Jianfa, director general of the China Earthquake Administration's relief work department, said there were many reservoirs and dams in the region and most- having been built in the 1950s and 1960s- had ...

  10. Yunnan party boss hints gorge dam may be scrapped

    Posted Mar 08th 2008, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing A top Yunnan official has strongly hinted that a controversial plan to dam the world-famous Tiger Leaping Gorge may be scrapped, citing strong public opposition and environmental concerns. The remarks by Yunnan party secretary Bai Enpei yesterday were the strongest indication yet by the province that the much-criticised dam proposal near a world heritage site ...




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