Monthly Archives: April 20, 2012

  • Fresh concerns over China’s dams

    April 20, 2012

    Nearly 100,000 people in the Three Gorges Dam reservoir region may be relocated over the next three to five years due to an increased threat from geological disasters, China National Radio reported on Tuesday.

  • Equality, rather than money, leads to better lives

    April 19, 2012

    People in more equal societies live longer and a smaller proportion of children die in infancy. They are far less likely to experience mental illness and less likely to use illegal drugs.

  • Life on the roof of the world

    April 16, 2012

    Yang Xiaohong and Fang Qianhua, winners of the “best science report” category at the 2012 China Environmental Press Awards, spent a month with scientists tracking species in the Everest Nature Reserve.chinadialogue features a slideshow of their photos. Two journalists from Southern Metropolis Daily, Yang Xiaohong and Fang Qianhua, accompanied a scientific expedition for more than a month in Tibet, […]

  • No money in Indian budget to interlink rivers

    April 16, 2012

    Most environmentalists around India heaved a sigh of relief on Friday when Pranab Mukherjee, the country’s Finance Minister, did not say a word about the plan to interlink India’s rivers, nor allocate any money for that purpose.

  • Military conflict melts Kashmir’s glacier

    April 12, 2012

    The Pakistan-India military stand-off at the Siachen glacier in the frozen mountains of Kashmir is speeding up glacier melt as well as costing lives, say experts.

  • Dialogue of the deaf

    April 09, 2012

    Civil society is up in arms over plans to turn north-east India into a hydroelectric powerhouse. But a lack of data on ecological and cultural impacts is stalling the debate, writes Teresa Rehman

  • Fooling China’s dam builders

    April 06, 2012

    Malaysia’s government has hidden environmental and economic costs of dams to attract Chinese money, warns Kirk Herbertson. But the investors too must take responsibility – or face the consequences. When Chinese state-owned companies invest overseas, they can be caught off-guard by corruption and environmental risks that arise because they assume the host government will resolve these […]

  • Earthquake hazards and large dams in western China

    April 05, 2012

    A study published in April 2012 by Probe International finds that large dams being built in western China could trigger disaster — earthquakes, even tsunamis — due to their construction in seismic hazard zones.

  • Murky borders

    April 03, 2012

    In the second of two articles about Sino-Burmese business, Yang Meng travels to the resource-rich borderlands, where everyone from wealthy jade merchants to ethnic nationalists is vying for advantage.