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Re: Three Gorges Dam

Unread postby Outcast_Searcher » Sun 30 May 2021, 10:54:38

JuanP wrote:"China swings into flood defenses as 97 rivers exceed warning levels"
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202105/1224700.shtml

"China has swung into gear to fortify its flood-defense network ahead of what may be a heavy flood season, with 97 rivers across the country having already exceeded warning levels as of Thursday."

So, the rainy season has started early in China this year, but the Chinese allege that they are capable of dealing with bigger floods than last year's, if necessary. They've had another year to build better flood defenses, but they are still 3 to 4 years away from completing all the infrastructure in the national flood defense plan, which was designed at the same time of the Three Gorges Dam construction. So far, they are on schedule to complete it as part of their current Five Year Plan, as originally intended.

As AGW continues, with the inevitable effects, this kind of thing is going to become an ever more pervasive problem for much of the world. Especially where people are close to water, in very hot areas, in areas drying out, etc.

The US is replete with examples, which have been in the news, like parts of Florida, Texas, California, and much of the southwest (re drought) in general.

At least the Chinese are actively trying to deal with the problem. Now, whether they will be largely successful over time, remains to be seen, of course. And bad luck, like a Katrina-style / level event, could make things very ugly indeed, at least in the short term. And of course, they didn't know all we know now re AGW, when the dam was built, any more than oil companies knew all we know now about AGW in the 70's.
Given the track record of the perma-doomer blogs, I wouldn't bet a fast crash doomer's money on their predictions.
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