China’s Three Gorges Dam An Enviroment Catastrophe

China’s construction of the Three Gorges Dam was hailed as an amazing feat in construction of dams even though millions of people were displaced due to the construction. New evidence now indicates in addition to the human cost of building the dam, there are new environmental problems. The sheer weight of water behind the dam has led to over 90 examples of the shoreline collapsing leading to landslides. The dam is also generating waves which have flooded areas near the shoreline.

China is embarked on a huge economic development which is pushing the nation into a modern economy. Coinciding with this economic push is increased pollution that has made China among the worst offenders in the world. Of course, America leads the world in emitting carbon into the atmosphere, but China is fast catching up in the pollution race.