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TIGER LEAPING, CONCRETE DAMMING

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE THREE PARALLEL RIVERS PROTECTED AREA UNDER THREAT Blog one of three This 2019 moment uncannily echoes 2004, when Chinese environmentalists and an investigative newspaper revealed Tiger Leaping Gorge, on the southeastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau, was … Continue reading

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LEAPING TIGERS, GREAT LEAPS FORWARD

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE THREE PARALLEL RIVERS PROTECTED AREA UNDER THREAT Blog two of three HOW TO UNDO A WIN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT What has changed since 2007? Why are the Longpan/Tiger Leaping Gorge dam construction plans now again high on … Continue reading

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LEAPING INTO THE EARTH, LEAPING GLOBALLY

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE THREE PARALLEL RIVERS PROTECTED AREA UNDER THREAT Blog three of three MINING PERSISTS INSIDE WORLD HERITAGE PROTECTED AREA Other industries, within UNESCO’s World Heritage protected area, have drawn expressions of concern from UNESCO, notably mining. Yunnan is … Continue reading

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PRISTINE WILDERNESS, CHINA’S TREASURE

Blog one of three updating Achen Gangyab/Hoh Xil: problematic UNESCO World Heritage IN LOVE WITH ICONIC TIBETAN SPECIES Now that UNESCO has bestowed its prestigious World Heritage badging to a remote portion of the Tibetan Plateau, China is figuring out … Continue reading

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CHINA FALLS IN LOVE

TIBET’S UNIQUE WILDLIFE ENRICHES CHINA’S UNIQUENESS Blog two of three updating Achen Gangyab/Hoh Xil: problematic UNESCO World Heritage China embraced science a century ago, as the way out of China’s weakness and vulnerability. Now China is strong, and more convinced … Continue reading

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WHY DOES THE ANTELOPE CROSS THE TIBET EXPRESSWAY?

ENTER HOX IL THROUGH THE EXPRESSWAY, EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP Blog three of three updating Achen Gangyab/Hoh Xil: problematic UNESCO World Heritage As the conservation biologists on the ground in Hoh Xil well know, the most pressing managerial decisions … Continue reading

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MIGHTY DRI CHU/YANGTZE

PROTECTING THE YANGTZE, FROM TIBET TO SHANGHAI What connects Tibet and China most immediately, most physically, is water, the flow of water from the glaciers and great meandering pastoral rivers of Tibet, which eventually reach lowland China, specifically the Ma … Continue reading

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Prefabricated toxic homes for displaced Tibetan nomads

In today’s new era China, every advance has to be called a system, ideally a system born of “top-level design.” Depopulating rural Tibet, to make way for virgin grassland wilderness attractive to Han tourism, is now on such a scale … Continue reading

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SYNTHETIC CONTROL TIBET

A spectre is haunting Tibet (as Marx used to say), a spectre of itself. A Tibet double, invented by clever Chinese agricultural economists, now walks alongside actual Tibet, every step of the way. It is officially known as Synthetic Control … Continue reading

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DAMMING A DESERT

Whatever becomes a scientific object becomes a problem, which in turn requires management, human intervention. No thing can be left as is, because that is risky. If it can be measured, it can be managed, as they say in business … Continue reading

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