China's Massive Three Gorges Dam Could Collapse. Here's Why.

Many of China's hydropower plants are failing.
Derya Ozdemir

China is currently dealing with a conundrum: It has decided to become carbon neutral by 2060, weaning its huge economy off of coal and fossil fuels. At the same time, it's trying to shut down as many as 40,000 hydropower plants. And the reason for these paradoxes is rooted in China's tumultuous history with river control.

Many of the country's 94,000 aging dams have been put to the test by recent heavy rains and flooding, and they pose serious safety risks, particularly during summer floods. For example, two collapsed earlier this year in Inner Mongolia due to severe rain. During this summer's floods in Henan, which killed more than 300 people, the army warned that the Yihelan dam "could collapse at any time," per Bloomberg. In this video by the YouTube channel Tech Plans, you can learn, why some think, the Three Gorges Dam, which is the world's largest power station in terms of installed capacity since 2012, could collapse, although it's a recent build. Curious to know more? Make sure you watch the video embedded above. 

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