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  1. Action on dam plan imperils wildlife

    Posted Dec 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing jiangtao.shi@scmp.com Mainland environmentalists seeking to block the building of a dam along the upper reaches of the Yangtze River have suffered a major blow, ... The decision, at the request of local authorities in Chongqing, also paved the way for the Xiaonanhai Dam, a pet project of the municipality's party chief, Bo Xilai, a rising political star widely ...

  2. West hails halt to dam

    Posted Oct 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Staff writer The Myanmar government has halted the US$3.6 billion Myitsone project that included building seven dams, which would have provided electricity to China. The move was praised by the West. But China is unhappy; it is a close ally of Myanmar and invested a lot of money in the scheme. Green groups said the dam would have flooded an area the size of Singapore close ...

  3. Big dam starts fill-up after worst drought in 50 years

    Posted Sep 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com The Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest water-control and hydropower project, started collecting water yesterday in an effort to fill it up to its maximum 175 metres by the end of October, state media reported. The dam had been discharging water in the past four months downstream to ease the worst drought in 50 years, which had dried up many ...

  4. A lesson dam lobby looks set to ignore

    Posted Oct 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... was unexpectedly halted in Myanmar late last month. The suspension of the Myitsone dam project on the Irrawaddy River was seen as a rare victory in a nation long ruled by an authoritarian military regime. ... the Myitsone dam? The fact that China has been snubbed by a long-time political ally that was once dependent on its political and financial support is extremely telling for environmentalists about how ...

  5. Suspicions finally confirmed over Three Gorges Dam

    Posted May 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... it admitted to serious flaws with the controversial Three Gorges Dam, made for very interesting reading. In a statement issued on Wednesday after a State Council meeting chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao, ... and the dam's negative impact on navigation, irrigation and water supplies along the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. The State Council vowed that it would address those problems through ...

  6. Dam postponement seen as rebuke to Beijing

    Posted Oct 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... country improves ties with the United States, which is competing with Beijing for influence in the region. The recent suspension by Myanmar of work on the Chinese-controlled Myitsone dam project shows the government could be preparing to reduce its financial reliance on Beijing, as it boosts economic ties with neighbouring Thailand and India. The dam project has been the subject ...

  7. Myanmar pulls plug on dam project

    Posted Oct 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Staff reporter What? What has happened? Myanmar has suddenly decided to stop building a series of dams known as the Myitsone project. The project comprises seven dams that would supply 90 ... says the dam is against the will of his people. The United States praised Myanmar for 'listening to public concerns and promoting national reconciliation'. Where? Where were the dams ...

  8. Dams hit a rising tide of opposition

    Posted May 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Shi Jiangtao Controversies surrounding the massive Three Gorges Dam- which was once again in the international headlines last week- have stirred up an old debate on the mainland about the pros and cons of building dams. But environmentalists say Beijing's rare admission that there are downsides to the colossal dam project, viewed by many as the mainland's biggest white ...

  9. Zhejiang dam gates open for first time since 1999

    Posted Jun 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... to overflowing the dam. Three of the dam's nine gates opened shortly after 9.30am, releasing some 2,800 cubic metres of water per second into the river system. The authorities estimated it would take 30 to 40 hours to bring the massive reservoir's water level at the dam below the danger mark of 106.5 metres. The largest reservoir in eastern China had been 67 centimetres above ...

  10. Warning as dam project halted

    Posted Oct 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing and Toh Han Shih A Chinese company that is the main investor in a US$3.6 billion dam project in Myanmar has warned of potential legal consequences in response ... about the size of Singapore. Other critics noted that 90 per cent of the electricity generated from the 6,000-megawatt dam would go to China. Lu stressed that his company had gone through all ...




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