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The 21st century rush to exploit available natural resources

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is the natural enemy of older cultures and societies. It is no different in remote Turkey, Hasankeyef to be exact, which is hautingly beautiful but seemingly valueless area:

Modernity has an insatiable appetite for pushing resource exploitation at the expense of cultural diversity. One world with fewer cultures unless any culture has the ability to hold of the seemingly inevitable destruction of all that is original.

I feel like a forlorn voice speaking about this. Global Post discusses this situation.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/10/02 at 01:20

The 3 Gorges Dam is dis-gorging now because of heavy flooding in China

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WOW, whatta an image:

That is truly an image of water under powerful natural pressure. The image was snipped from an LA Times story about the Three Gorges Dam on the powerful and very long Yangtze Jiang (River).

The article discusses the main +s and -s of that gigantic hydro-electric structure, and there is no lack of them. I was tempted to think that the journalists were being negative in the usual American MSM way about China and its oversized national image. But after reading the whole piece I realized it was an even handed report about the obvious limitations to extreme engineering projects.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/08/16 at 15:30

A glimmer of positive attitudes in China’s approach to sustainable development

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Salween River Delta, October 1994

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It seems that the environmental news from China is persistently bad. Melamine, toxic water and air pollution, bad after effects of the Three Gorges Dam and on and on.

So it maybe a sign for a better attitude from China’s leaders that the No 2 man, Wen Jibao, had a positive influence on improving a radical plan to develop hydroelectric resources on the Nu River Basin, which is Southeastern China, mostly Yunnan Province. This river which has its source in Tibet flows to the ocean through Burma as the Salween River. So any hydro developments of the Nu will affect a larger population than the Chinese.

Check out this link. The story seemed positive to me. They are going to develop but after firm intervention from Wen Jibao they will mitigate the harsher effects of that development.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/21 at 06:32