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2008-08-08 03:00:23

KUCHING: The state government is not perturbed over objections to its plan to build hydroelectric dams. State Public Health and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh said the government was aware of the importance of environmental conservation and would strike a balance between the state's future and its environment. "Obviously, the opposition has its version of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which differs from ours. Bear in mind we know exactly what we are doing. And...

2008-07-18 03:00:27

By Mwanukuzi, Phillip K Introduction Dams are important water resource management systems. In many places, water is regulated by and stored in dams for various purposes, but most importantly to maintain a reliable supply of water. Currently 64% of the total population of Africa relies on water resources that are limited and highly variable (Smith 2004). The major source of water for Dar es Salaam is the Ruvu River. In the driest years, the mean flow for the Ruvu River is 1.25 m^sup 3^ s^sup...

2008-07-06 15:00:15

A new round of heavy rains and flooding in China have left 12 dead and seven missing after similar flooding in June killed 252, government officials say. In downpours recorded since Tuesday, 3 million people have been affected and shipping on the Three Gorges section of the Yangtsze River has been suspended due to high water levels. The torrential rains have disrupted city traffic, delayed flights, and flooded homes and farmlands, reported Xinhua, the state-run Chinese news agency....

2008-07-01 09:00:35

Text of report by Spanish newspaper ABC website, on 1 July Zaragoza: Just a few metres separate the pavilion of the Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and that of China at the Expo site in Zaragoza, but the distance between their messages is enormous. The huge hydraulics works that the Asian giant is promoting have been openly criticized by the 350 NGOs represented in their pavilion at the Expo, known as The Beacon [Spanish: El Faro]. The enormous distance between one another's...

2008-06-20 06:00:15

By Calum MacLeod BEIJING -- Floods in south China have killed at least 176 people this month and forced the evacuation of 1.6 million people. Yet the deadly start of China's rainy season masks a bigger crisis: not enough water. To tackle the water shortage threatening China's breakneck development, the nation is constructing the world's largest water diversion project. The dramatic scheme aims to defy the laws of nature on a scale that only China would attempt. The plan is to draw...

2008-03-07 12:00:21

Text of report by Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post website on 7 March [Report by Shi Jiangtao in Beijing: "Three Gorges Official Defends Forced Eviction"; headline as provided by source] A senior official in charge of the Three Gorges Dam project has defended the forced eviction of the people in Chongqing yet to be displaced by the gigantic reservoir. It is the first time the government has confirmed a report by the South China Morning Post that local authorities had cut off...

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2007-06-12 15:35:00

Some call it the eighth wonder of world. Others say it's the next Great Wall of China. Upon completion in 2009, the Three Gorges Dam along China's Yangtze River will be the world's largest hydroelectric power generator and one of the few man-made structures so enormous that it's actually visible to the naked eye from space. NASA's Landsat satellites have provided detailed, vivid views of the dam since construction began in 1994. The Yangtze River is the third largest river in the world,...

2006-07-27 04:06:11

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese activist working to help those displaced by the giant Three Gorges Dam and left paralyzed after a beating last month, inflicted the injuries on himself, a rights group cited a police investigation as showing. Human Rights in China said it had learned that Fu Xiancai, who has been petitioning since the 1990s for better compensation for the more than 1 million flooded out of their homes by the dam, has been told he cannot appeal the decision. The Three...

2006-05-20 02:50:00

BEIJING -- China completed construction on Saturday of the controversial Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectricity project, and marked the occasion with a subdued ceremony broadcast live on state television. A brass band played and confetti rained over the site after workers poured the last batch of concrete. No top officials attended the event, in contrast to the launch of work on the dam in 1997, for which then-President Jiang Zemin and then-Premier Li Peng were both present....

2006-05-18 02:45:15

By Lindsay Beck YICHANG, China (Reuters) - China's Three Gorges dam draws a step nearer to completion with the pouring of the last concrete on Saturday, but debate rages over the environmental and social consequences of the world's largest hydropower project. The dam, where workers are still toiling on the 2,309-meter (7,400-ft) long expanse of concrete spanning the Yangtze River, will generate 18 gigawatts of hydropower when it is complete and, it is hoped, tame floods on the...


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