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Where the Dragon Meets the Angry River : Nature and Power in the People's Republic of China

Author: R Edward Grumbine
Publisher: Washington, DC : Island Press/Center for Resource Economics, 2012.
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China's meteoric rise to economic powerhouse might be charted with dams. Every river in the country has been tapped to power exploding cities and factories-every river but one. Running through one of the richest natural areas in the world, the Nujiang's raging waters were on the verge of being dammed when a 2004 government moratorium halted construction. Might the Chinese dragon bow to the "Angry River"? Would  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: R Edward Grumbine
ISBN: 9781597268110 1597268119 9781597265515 1597265519
OCLC Number: 794713338
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction --
Chapter 1. The Highest Good --
Chapter 2. The Frontier and the Middle Kingdom --
Chapter 3. Under the Jade Dragon --
Chapter 4. Old Mountains, Young Parks --
Chapter 5. In the Land of Twelve Thousand Rice Fields --
Chapter 6. Into the Great Green Triangle --
Chapter 7. The Dragon Meets the Angry River --
Chapter 8. China 2020 --
Chapter 9. Conservation with Chinese Characteristics --
Notes --
Quotation references --
Bibliography --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Responsibility: by R. Edward Grumbine.

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China's meteoric rise to economic powerhouse might be charted with dams. Every river in the country has been tapped to power exploding cities and factories-every river but one. Running through one of the richest natural areas in the world, the Nujiang's raging waters were on the verge of being dammed when a 2004 government moratorium halted construction. Might the Chinese dragon bow to the "Angry River"? Would Beijing put local people and their land ahead of power and profit? Could this remote region actually become a model for sustainable growth? Ed Grumbine traveled to the far corners of China's Yunnan province to find out. He was driven by a single question: could this last fragment of wild nature withstand China's unrelenting development? But as he hiked through deep-cut emerald mountains, backcountry villages, and burgeoning tourist towns, talking with trekking guides, schoolchildren, and rural farmers, he discovered that the problem wasn't as simple as growth versus conservation. In its struggle to "build a well-off society in an all-round way," Beijing juggles a host of competing priorities: health care for impoverished villagers; habitat for threatened tigers; cars for a growing middle class; clean air for all citizens; energy to power new cities; rubber for the global marketplace. Where the Dragon Meets the Angry River is an incisive look at the possible fates of China and the planet. Will the Angry River continue to flow? Will Tibetan girls from subsistence farming families learn to read and write? Can China and the United States come together to lead action on climate change? Far-reaching in its history and scope, this unique book shows us the real-world consequences of conservation and development decisions now being made in Beijing and beyond.

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