The Guardian, June 11, 2002
China's environment is high on the government agenda these days:
no one hides the problems caused by fewer forests, more deserts and many mistakes in past years. Outside government, more
Chinese green groups are emerging in the provinces to challenge local authorities used to having their own way. They are "exploring
the boundaries of advocacy".
Fuling, Sichuan province
The Guardian, June 25, 2002
The road up the hillside overlooking the Yangtze river at Fuling
is a broad sheet of sticky mud. Battered trucks piled with earth and rock slither down, passing a file of blue-smocked workers
with tools on their shoulders. The great rush is on to meet next year's June deadline when the vast reservoir of the Three
Gorges Dam, 300 miles downstream from Fuling, begins to fill.
Xiangjiaba, Yunnan province
The Guardian, May 30, 2003
As the huge reservoir behind China's controversial Three Gorges dam
begins to fill up this weekend, an urgent rescue operation is being launched further upstream to save the dam from being choked
by silt. The final go-ahead has been given for a new generation
of four dams which are supposed to trap the silt on the Yangtze river's longest tributary, the Jinsha (Golden Sands) river.
The scheme has been almost completely ignored so far in China and abroad.