Damming indictment

Meltdown in Tibet cover
Meltdown in Tibet cover


(Palgrave Macmillan)

Freshwater is fast becoming the world’s most important commodity as we pollute and misuse our rivers and plumb ever deeper for groundwater.

Michael Buckley shows in this hard-hitting book how China is simultaneously one of the most greedy users and most egregious abusers of water. He looks at the Salween, Mekong and several other of Asia’s other mightiest transboundary rivers in particular, showing how China has diverted, fouled or dammed as it sees fit, giving little heed to the consequences downstream even when the impacts fall on its own people too. Not content with despoiling its own river systems, it is now exporting its dam-building prowess to neighbouring nations, gaining electricity, money and influence.

Given the foreword was penned by the Dalai Lama, it’s not surprising to find no direct quotes from Chinese officials. They would have been useful for balance, even if it is doubtful they would have offered anything substantial to counter this overwhelmingly negative picture. An enlightening if not cheerful read.

Meltdown in Tibet has just been released on November 11, 2014.

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