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Archive for February, 2011

The Thirsty Dragon: A “Great Leap” In Hydropower Exploitation

Via China Dialogue, a report that China’s government and state-owned electricity enterprises are ramping up their hydropower ambitions.  As the article notes: “…Hydropower development is a must,” said a senior official from China’s top economic planners, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), effectively breaking seven years of silence on hydropower exploitation on the Nu […]

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From Floods To Scarcity: Pakistan Sinks Into A Water Crisis

Via Climate Voices, a look at the worsening water crisis impacting Pakistan.  As the article notes: “…Pakistan is still reeling from flooding that caused one of the world’s costliest natural disasters in 2010, with millions of people lacking shelter, infrastructure in ruins and donations falling short of appeals. But worse may come. The United Nations’ […]

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Parched Tiger To Thirsty Dragon: “No Concerns About Dams on Brahmaputra”

Via LiveMint, a report that India is not concerned about China’s plans to dam the Brahmaputra: “…China’s plans to dam the Brahmaputra won’t affect India, according to a controversial assertion by the country’s ministry of water resources and the Central Water Commission—a contention that belies concerns to the contrary expressed by academics, activists and sections […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Triggering A Revival In Downstream Hydropower Ambitions On The Mekong

Via ChinaDialogue, a look at how China – by building dams on the upper Mekong – has triggered a revival in hydropower ambitions downstream.  As the article notes: “…Much has been written on the downstream impact of China’s dams on the Mekong River, which flows through or along the borders of Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: U.N. Agency Issues Warning on Chinese Drought

Courtesy of The New York Times, an article on China’s drought: A farmer looked at her withered wheat plants in a dry field last month in China’s Shandong province. “…The United Nations’ food agency issued an alert on Tuesday warning that a severe drought was threatening the wheat crop in China, the world’s largest wheat […]

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New Chinese Dam Project Fuels Ethnic Conflict in Sudan

Via International Rivers, an expressive look at the impact that new dams may have upon people in Sudan.  As the article notes: “…Dams have impoverished tens of thousands of people and triggered serious human rights violations in Sudan. Now Chinese companies have won contracts to build three more hydropower projects in the country. Of particular […]

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