Latest Three Gorges Dam Stories

2006-05-10 07:15:00

By Alan Wheatley TIGER LEAPING GORGE, China -- Legend has it that a tiger vaulted the mighty Yangtze here at its narrowest point. Before long, anybody or beast might be able to saunter across the river atop a towering dam wall. Residents and environmentalists fear that China's hunger for hydropower to feed its booming economy could spell the end of one of the world's deepest river gorges and scar some of the country's most spectacular scenery. Ma Jun, an environmental consultant in Beijing,...

2006-04-06 00:55:07

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydro-electro project, opened again to tourists this week -- on the condition they don't bring canned drinks, video camera or, bizarrely, umbrellas. And only 1,000 people are allowed on to the 185-meter (600-ft) dam a day and they can only stay for 20 minutes within a stretch of 500 square meters above the floodgates, Xinhua news agency said. The 2,235-metre-long dam in the central province of Hubei opened to tourists...

2006-01-12 09:25:00

By Chris Buckley BEIJING -- China will consider countries downstream as it weighs controversial proposals to dam a river that flows from the country's remote southwest into Southeast Asia, an official said on Thursday. On Wednesday, a Kong Kong-based newspaper controlled by the mainland said Chinese experts had recently completed an official environmental impact study of the 13 tiers of dams and hydro-power plants proposed for the untamed Nu River. But the Chinese-language Wen Wei Po said the...

2005-10-24 00:35:00

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese plans to turn an untamed river into a hydro-electric hub have sparked a war of words about national priorities as the government rethinks the balance between economic growth and environmental protection. Officials and experts in Beijing debated at the weekend a plan to harness the Nu River in southwest Yunnan province with a chain of up to 13 hydro-power stations amid signs of revived official favor for the project. The whole project, which could...

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