Damming Another Chinese River
Jerry Redfern
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has recently ordered the suspension of plans for a series of dams on the pristine Nujiang River, one of only two undammed rivers in China. He said that such a controversial large dam plan should be "seriously reviewed and decided scientifically." Yunnan provincial officials had hoped to build a series of power-generating dams along this “Grand Canyon of the Orient,” the upper reaches of which are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dozens of minority groups call the river home, and even the government newspaper the China Daily says the Nujiang River passes through “one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.”

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