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Ten years of the Three Gorges Dam: a call for policy overhaul


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  • Location: Camborne
  • Location: Camborne

    Dam building has become a contentious issue in recent years. None more so than the Three Gorges, mainly for environmental, social and geological reasons. And a further complication is the truly astounding rate that the Chinese are planning and building new dams.




    The Three Gorges Dam (TGD), the world's largest source of 'clean' hydroelectric power (Shen and Xie 2004), has entered its tenth year after the first turbine went into operation in June 2003. The dam, with a generating capacity 20 times that of the United States' Hoover Dam, has been hailed as a crucial part of a solution to China's energy crisis. Despite great benefits, however, major concerns have been voiced over the disastrous environmental and social consequences of this massive engineering project (Stone 2011). In this paper, we review the benefits and impacts learned from the controversial megadam over the past decade and discuss perspective quests on policy overhaul for future environmental protection.



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