China's Great Dam Boom:
A Major Assault on Its Rivers

China is engaged in a push to build hydroelectric dams on a scale unprecedented in human history. While being touted for producing lower-emission electricity, these massive dam projects are wreaking havoc on river systems across China and Southeast Asia. READ MORE

 

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This map depicts the hydroelectric power dams that have been built, are under construction, or are planned on three main tributaries of the Yangtze River — the Yalong, Dadu, and Min rivers — as well as on part of the Yangtze itself. The dams depicted in red are operational, the dams in gold are under construction, and the dams in blue are planned. The map shows several huge dams expected to be completed in 2015 on the Yangtze, including the 285-meter Xiluodo Dam. The Three Gorges dam, located farther downstream on the Yangtze, is not shown on the map. The Chinese are constructing more than a dozen dams on many individual rivers. Along the Yalong River, the Yangtze’s biggest tributary, a cascade of 21 major dams is planned. (Image credit: Meltdown in Tibet)

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