Extreme Flooding Events in Quang Nam, Vietnam

Vietnam, particularly the region of Quang Nam, are located in an area extremely vulnerable to flooding events, which devastate the mostly agricultural region, and climate change has directly resulted in these flooding events getting worst in the past twenty years. Instead of addressing changes that could actually address the issue, however, the government has focused most of its effort on reforestation and forest management, despite lack of evidence that these actions are at all likely to help mitigate disastrous flooding events.

Istanbul Canal

In order to alleviate the traffic pressure of the Bosphorus Canal, reduce the potential risks of ships loaded with dangerous materials, and promote the country’s economic development, Istanbul Canal will be built connecting Marama Sea and the Black Sea. However this project will cause insecurity for Russia, upset environmental stability, pollute freshwater resources and deplete land for people's living.

Nicaragua Canal

A new canal in Nicaragua will be built under the agreement of the Nicaragua government and Chinese businessman Wang Jing, with his company HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Company (HKND). The project is intended to lift the poor country out of poverty, just as what the Panama Canal has done to its residents, but its construction may ruin the ecosystem of Central America. Besides, there are more potential issues like political tensions, exaggerated construction speed and ambiguous finance etc

Environmental Justice and the Politics of Risk: Water Resource Controversies in Taiwan

The Taiwanese government attempted to construct a water diversion in the early 2000s in order to help mitigate potential effects of future droughts. While both environmental scientists and local indigenous groups argued against the building of it due to the potential for it to destabilize the area it was being built geologically, the project continued until Typhoon Morakot in 2009 suspended its construction indefinitely.

Mega Dam on Great Bend in China

In 2022, Power Construction Corporation of China (Powerchina) announced its plan to build a mega dam along Yarlung Tsangpo River (Brahmaputra River). The dam is estimated to have 3 times the power generation as the Three Gorges Dam but it also goes along with many conerns like damage to ecosystem, future flood potential and geopolitics conflicts etc.

Pollution Erasing Mossville

Sasol announced a project of building gas-to-liquid facility and ethane cracker in Lake Charles Louisiana after long-term negotiation with the Louisiana government officials. However, its pollution level seems not to be as satisfying as it claims. What's more, the relocation of local residents in Mossville is insufficient and racially discriminative.

EMBA Hunutlu Power Station

A 1.3 GW coal-fired power plant is constructed along the Bay of Iskenderun in the northeastern corner of the Mediterranean Sea and already starts operating in 2022. It's the biggest direct investment of China in Turkey, as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). While it has economic benefits to Turkey, it may not pay back in the 30 year operating period and it faces protests about biodiversity loss, excessive air pollution and health impact.

The Sinking Kansai International Airport (KIA)

Kansai International Airport is one of the ten marvellous engineering civil structure in the 20th century. It's completely built on the artificial island, 3 mile from shore, promoting economic development and avoiding residential problems such as great noise and relocation. However, since it was built, it' seems to be doomed to sink to the sea. Especially in the current era, the fate of KIA is more uncertain, under the global climate evolution. To investigate more money on maintenance, or just leave it as it is, it's a serious question.

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