New Year in Brazil without New Dams?!

Good news came to us in the first days of this year from an unexpected source. Brazil officials announced  that the Government “should respect the views of civil society” and will abstain from new mega-dam building. This is a global trend that was theoretically predicted awhile ago and, hopefully,  is finally gaining momentum among strongest “DamNations”. Thus Brazil becomes the third BRICs country after China and Russia that limits large hydropower construction on its rivers.  Hey India, now it is Your turn! · Brazil’s government this week announced a ...

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Good news came to us in the first days of this year from an unexpected source. Brazil officials announced  that the Government “should respect the views of civil society” and will abstain from new mega-dam building. This is a global trend that was theoretically predicted awhile ago and, hopefully,  is finally gaining momentum among strongest “DamNations”. Thus Brazil becomes the third BRICs country after China and Russia that limits large hydropower construction on its rivers.  Hey India, now it is Your turn!

· Brazil’s government this week announced a …

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Yamal LNG shipping scenarios. Source: Novatek
More than a year has passed since several conservation NGOs addressed Chinese state banks (the China Development Bank (CDB), China Exim Bank, and the Silk Road Fund) raising deep concerns regarding environmental and social impacts of the Yamal LNG Project. We got no response either from Chinese financiers or from Chinese agencies overseeing  overseas investment. In December 2017 a case-study on this project was published by the Friends of the Earth US in a book "Investing in a green Belt&Road? Assessing implementation of China’s Green …

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Dear Reader!
Please accept our belated  new year wishes.
We wish You clear waters with abundant  life!
We wish You peace and happiness on holidays
and to win all Your battles during the rest of the year!
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Both decisions claim to confront climate change…
 
Long-awaited decision to create Vasyugansky Mire Zapovednik (a strict scientific nature reserve) was made on December 16 by the Russian government .
A 6148 square km. nature reserve will be created within The Great Vasyugansky Mire, the largest swamp system in the Northern Hemisphere, which is located in the Tomsk and Novosibirsk regions. The reserve will preserve the unique and diverse ecosystem, which is of great significance for nature conservation.

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Creation of this nature reserve was included into the "Plan for Implementing …

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We have unusual cause to talk  again about our old acquaintances : China Three Gorges Co.  What makes us really cheerful is not even the speed of conversion from new hydro to new solar, not just the boldness with which they reclaim collapsed coal mine for new solar farm, but the fact all this innovation is still  to cost about 1000 USD per KW of installed capacity – cheaper that anything else….No wonder that in July 2017 the CTCC Vice-president Mr.Lin Chuxue told the RwB coordinator, that his corporation is …

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