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Meltdown in Tibet: China's Reckless Destruction of Ecosystems from the Highlands of Tibet to the Deltas of Asia

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Tibetans have experienced waves of genocide since the 1950s. Now they are facing ecocide. The Himalayan snowcaps are in meltdown mode, due to climate change—accelerated by a rain of black soot from massive burning of coal and other fuels in both China and India. The mighty rivers of Tibet are being dammed by Chinese engineering consortiums to feed the mainland's thirst for ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published April 24th 2013)
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Clare O'Beara
Michael Buckley, a Canadian, wrote the first Lonely Planet guidebook to Tibet. An adventure travel writer, film maker and environmentalist, he is much travelled in Tibet and Himalayas, where he has gone white water rafting down the mountains. He first visited Tibet in 1985 as a truck passenger and saw the constant stream of treetrunks being hauled as China felled Tibetan forests, ongoing since China took over Tibet in 1950.

This book lays bare the continuous plundering of the Tibetan plateau and
Miriam Murcutt
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Important reading for more than just Tibetophiles

This book gives a factual and frightening account of the negative impacts of China’s occupation of Tibet. Buckley documents the ecological damage which China’s exploitation of Tibet’s mineral resources and rivers are having not only within Tibet but also throughout Asia, and presents convincing arguments against rampant industrial development, Chinese-style. Extensively-researched and easy to absorb, this book is important reading for more than ju
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: environment
I know that the Tibetan people have been very badly treated by the Chinese since the Chinese invaded Tibet decades ago. However, I did not realize the horrible environmental destruction that is happening on the Tibetan Plateau. The Chinese are forcibly removing the Tibetan people from their land to build huge dams on Tibet's rivers and mine for minerals and oil. This is not only disastrous for Tibetans but will greatly affect nations downstream that rely on these rivers for their water. This is ...more
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway.
A sad reminder that China has no qualms about destroying the future for today's profit. This book is a bit depressing because I do not see a way that China will ever be stopped from the total destruction of Tibet. Hopefully books like this will open the rest of the world's eyes to what China is doing.
Amy Gunther
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
By far one of the best eye opening reads. Found it impossible to put this book down once I started it.
Damian T
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Having just finished reading this book, it is both fascinating and horrifying to read at the same time. If anyone should wonder where the next global conflict will arise, this must be one of the hot spots. The reason? Water resources.

China, as an emerging superpower, carries out grandiose hydro-power schemes and damming of rivers, including diverting water courses and abstracting colossal volumes of water. These are used to meet the insatiable demands of eastern seaboard cities for power and wat
Shashank Setty
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A review with snippets:

Tibet, is the highest plateau in the world and is also referred to as the “third pole” of the earth due to the presence of the largest permafrost region outside the two poles(i.e., Antarctica and Arctic regions)

Tibet has historically been a theocracy, ruled by the lineage of reincarnate Dalai Lamas. This however changed post-1955 invasion of Tibet by the Chinese army. Since then, Tibet has been a land of secrecy with repressive forms of censorship by the Chinese communist
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Except for the Preface by the Dalai Lama, the book is largely an opinionated piece without much quality research, even though it appeared that the author had done lots of digging (to which I give credit). Never mind that the book was written in an unscholarly style, which unfortunately left a poor impression and compromised its own messages. The book contains many erroneous assertions, a disservice to readers who don't have experiences in the area, probably because of the author's lack of a scie ...more
Sharon Parker
Oct 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

If you enjoy emotion- based, fear porn imitating factual info , you might be able to stomach this book. The writer is a travel guide author who is attempting to make claims about complicated scientific/ecological systems which he backs with a mashup of conclusions drawn from bits and pieces of "studies" which he clearly doesn't understand.
I enjoyed the descriptions of the geography of the area and the cultural info. The political aspects of the Chinese invasion and occupation were also
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A heart wrenching account of the Environmental destruction in Tibet!
Book is definitely for people loving and interested in Tibet and Environment but it is also for wider audience to become aware of the level of environment and people harassment going on in Tibet, South East snd South Asia and it's consequences in short and long term both!

We need to keep one thing in mind that this is one person's account of the issues, therefore there might be some exaggerations and unbalanced views but noneth
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Heartbreaking and horrifying account of China's criminal destruction of Tibet's environment as it feeds its insatiable appetite for resources. To quote from the book - " The Chinese won't be happy until they have taken every last stone from Tibet - until they have extracted the gold, the copper, the lithium, desecrated Tibet's sacred mountains, turned its grasslands into deserts, destroyed the nomad culture, wiped out the Tibetan language and yoked Tibet's mighty rivers..." ...more
Apr 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Painful to read both in the horrific content, and in the dry style it is delivered. To say Meltdown is repetitive is one thing but I would go so far to say that it is unnecessary. After slogging through all 256 pages, I have a deeper sense of the ecological woes China is inflicting on Tibet, but I think I would have been better off reading the wikipedia of it.

Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of research here to give credibility to this book, but I have never been so aware that I am reading a
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Four stars for content but two for writing/editing. There is a lot of detailed information here about how China is impacting the environment throughout Asia. Good to read if you're interested in such things. ...more
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