At first I suspected that the critiques of the Three Gorge’s dam’s construction appearing in the press were geo-politically motivated – but, although some of them undoubtedly are – they are not without substance my research suggests.

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As China counts the costs of its most punishing flood season in more than three decades, the role played by the massive and controversial Three Gorges Dam – designed to help tame the Yangtze river – has come under fresh scrutiny.

“Amid some of the heaviest rainfall on record, the Chinese government says the world’s biggest hydroelectric plant has reduced flood peaks, minimised economic losses and slashed the number of deaths and emergency evacuations.

“But critics say the historically high water levels on the Yangtze and its major lakes prove the Three Gorges Dam isn’t doing what it was designed for.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-china-floods-threegorges/record-floods-raise-questions-about-chinas-three-gorges-dam-idUKKCN24F0E2


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A retired Indian Army colonel on Friday (July 10) released satellite images appearing to show the Three Gorges Dam releasing water far earlier than reported and at a much greater rate than announced

“…the dam appears to be releasing far more water than what the Chinese government has officially stated.”

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3965733


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Soldiers erected sandbag flood barriers in a city near China’s largest freshwater lake after the heaviest rainfall in nearly six decades drenched the swollen Yangtze River basin.

“The vast Yangtze drainage area has been lashed by torrential rains since last month, leaving 141 people dead or missing and forcing the evacuation of millions more across several provinces.”

https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/1951224/china-rushes-to-contain-floods-after-record-rainfall


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During the July 1965 [Kuma River, Japan] flood, a utility pole next to the shrine was submerged to a depth of 2.3 meters, while in another flood in August 1971, a water depth of 1.1 meters was recorded.

“This time the height of the water reached 3 meters.”

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200713/p2a/00m/0na/017000c


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Heavy flooding is worsening in parts of Bangladesh, with over 1 million villagers marooned or leaving their homes for higher ground along with their cattle and other belongings, officials and volunteers said Tuesday.

“Water levels at major rivers were rising Tuesday…”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/million-marooned-bangladesh-floods-worsen-71769045


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Keshav Bahadur Thapa of Byas Municipality Ward No. 9 in Tanahun [Nepal] lost his entire family in a landslide that occurred early Monday morning.

““It was around 6:30 in the morning when I was awakened by a loud sound. Our house collapsed on us,” he said. “I was half-buried and I looked around but could not see my wife, sons and my daughter-in-law anywhere.””

https://kathmandupost.com/gandaki-province/2020/07/13/two-killed-and-10-missing-in-various-landslides-in-tanahu


The flashflood triggered by a glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) swept away several buildings, including homes, mosques, irrigation and the water supply system and a powerhouse and destroyed standing crops in the Golen Gol valley of Lower Chitral [Pakistan] district on Monday.”

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/686506-flood-caused-by-glacier-burst-wreaks-havoc-in-chitral


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Flooding that is said to be unprecedented in over 80 years wreaked havoc to lives and property in Burayu town, just outside of the capital Addis Ababa [Ethiopia].

“It has claimed the lives of at least nine people and several cattle and pets. The victims are said to be daily laborers who used to work in factories in the region.”

https://borkena.com/2020/07/13/ethiopia-flooding-claimed-lives-in-burayu-town-near-addis-ababa/


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Brace up for imminent flooding, NEMA warns Nigerians

“To this extent, Mohammed during a press conference in Abuja said, “2020 is going to be a year of ‘an incident within an incident’. With the Country battling Covid-19 pandemic, managing a flood disaster will be a herculean task.””

https://guardian.ng/news/brace-up-for-imminent-flooding-nema-warns-nigerians/


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Morocco’s economic growth will shrink by 5.8 percent in 2020, down from a growth of 2.5 percent in 2019, the country’s High Commission for Planning (HCP) said on Monday.

“In a periodical report published on its website, HCP said this performance, the worst in decades, is due to the combined effect of drought and the COVID-19 pandemic…”

https://africa.cgtn.com/2020/07/13/moroccos-economy-to-shrink-by-5-8-in-2020-amid-drought-covid-19-pandemic/


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Russian authorities claim to have contained the massive spill in Norilsk, but a whistleblower and an environmentalist tell CNN the damage is much worse than disclosed and poses a threat to the ecosystem of the Arctic Ocean.”

Video:

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2020/07/14/russia-fuel-spill-arctic-pleitgen-pkg-intl-hnk-vpx.cnn


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“Measuring methane flux from Arctic lakes is part of a broader effort to better understand the methane budget—an accounting of how much of the gas is moving between various parts or the environment.

Concentrations of methane in the atmosphere have risen significantly in recent decades, prompting scientists to try to understand why.”

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146940/satellites-size-up-bubbles-of-methane-in-lake-ice


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As if this summer’s drought conditions in Maine were not hard enough on lawns, recent rain and humidity have created the perfect conditions for a fungal disease that’s not been seen in the state for at least three decades.

“The fungus is turning those lawns a startling shade of black…”

https://wgme.com/news/local/a-fungus-is-turning-lawns-black-throughout-the-state


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Wildfires threaten the economy of the western United States to a greater extent than the rest of the country, and the coronavirus pandemic and climate change will only make that worse

“…according to research from the San Francisco Fed on Monday.”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fed-climatechange/climate-change-covid-19-stoke-wildfires-economic-risk-fed-says-idUSKCN24E2DP


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The official weather observing station in Death Valley, California — called Furnace Creek for obvious reasons — reached a scorching 128 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday.

That is the hottest temperature anywhere on the planet since 2017 and only one degree behind what experts say is likely the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/death-valley-hottest-temperature-record-heat-wave/


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Global temperatures in 2020 are on pace for one of the planet’s top two warmest years in 141 years of temperature records, according to separate new analyses.

“NOAA’s State of the Climate report released Monday found that temperatures in the first six months of 2020 were second warmest of any January-June period, trailing only 2016 in records dating to 1880.”

https://weather.com/news/climate/news/2020-07-13-june-2020-global-temperatures-noaa-nasa-ecmwf


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“Limiting warming to 1.5 C (2.7F) is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics [I beg to differ],” Jim Skea of Imperial College London, one of the authors of the 2018 IPCC report, told NPR’s Christopher Joyce in 2018, “but doing so would require unprecedented changes.”

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earth-could-hit-key-climate-threshold-next-five-years-180975290/


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