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Three Gorges Dam Crisis in Slow Motion

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Asia Times -- Dams are big and stupid things. The Three Gorges Dam on China's Yangtze River is bigger and stupider than most, so it attracts a lot of criticism. Much of the criticism is deserved. Some of it - such as accusations that it has significantly exacerbated the drought gripping China - is, perhaps, undeserved.

All of the criticism, however, is an important harbinger of mounting political problems for China's authoritarian model of national development...

The prognosis for China, therefore, is more dams, not fewer, as Dr John Yin, a hydrologist at the University of San Diego, told Asia Times Online. (Full Story)

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