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Three Gorges Dam

From: Judy Lubow
Series: Planet Warning
Length: 02:00

The gargantuan Three Gorges Dam over the Yangtze River in China is the largest hydroelectric project in the world and is a poster child for China's spectacular economic boom. Unfortunately, it also showcases the downside of china's economic miracle - the environmental and human wreckage in its wake. Read the full description.

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Piece Description

This is a stand-alone segment of the two-minute Planet Warning series, which analyzes some of the pressing environmental, economic and political issues facing the earth and US democracy.

Broadcast History

The Planet Warning series is aired regularly on two Colorado public radio stations, and is picked up regularly by 5 or 6 stations nationwide.

Transcript

PW Script for Three Gorges Dam

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The catastrophic air attack on Pearl Harbor catapulted the unprepared United States into World War II. Now the entire earth is facing catastrophic environmental changes. This is Judy Lubow, for Planet Warning.

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The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in China is a poster child for the spectacular Chinese economic expansion. The Dam cost over $25 billion dollars to construct, displaced 1.4 million people from their homes, and is the largest hydroelectric project in the world. But, it now turns out that the Dam also showcases the dark side of China's economic boom - the environmental and human destruction in its wake.

China is experiencing its worst drought in over half a century. According to newspaper reports, many Chinese now acknowledge that the dam has contributed to the negati...
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