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[11 Aug 2019 | Topics: ]

Temporary dam blocks the entrance into tZaton in Khabarvsk City

Flood in rolling downstream the
mighty Amur-Heilong River.  In
Khabarovsk, authorities completed the construction of a temporary dam in the
Zaton area. A sand construction of 180 meters in length must withstand the
onslaught of the flood, the scale of which exceeded all the most pessimistic
forecasts of hydrologists, but still is 1.5 meters lower than famous flood of
2013.

According to the regional
government, the protective structure began to be built on August 3, immediately
after it became known that the level of the Amur River in Khabarovsk …

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Lake Baikal – the Largest Hydropower Reservoir on Earth

The RwB and World Heritage Watch presents the final complete version of the “Heritage Dammed” Report, dedicated to protection of natural freshwater ecosystems. This colorful report contains contributions from 30 civil society organizations (CSOs), experts and dam-affected communities around the world.

The Report documents how water infrastructure plays key role in degrading aquatic ecosystems at more than 50 World Heritage properties, of which 42 sites are threatened by hydropower.  Fourteen in-depth case studies illustrate and analyze the global threat to the rivers, …

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[23 Jan 2019 | Topics: ]

 
First phase of blasting operation was carried out by military at Bureya Reservoir blocked by landslide  last December.
  This is the site viewed from space on January 21, the day before blasting.
 

This is the first blast on January 22 that took 10 tons of explosives.

The operation attracted a lot of attention from the media.

Head of local Russian Orthodox Church arrived to assist removal of the debris blocking the river.

This is the landslide site on January 23, the day after the blasts…Please, compare with …

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[6 Dec 2018 | Topics: ]

The new Mid-term Energy Program of Mongolia disregards financial, environmental and climate commitments – may increase significantly Mongolia’s debt and carbon footprint.
For a country that just narrowly escaped financial default[1], the new energy mid—term program of Mongolia (2018- 2023) suggesting to increase current debt burden by borrowing USD 4.0 billion to expedite development of 8000 megawatts of coal-thermal energy production capacity is a reckless plan to say the least.
With current electricity generation system of Mongolia totaling around 1200 MW this is a bold increase, which will have consequences for …

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New IBRD’s Mongolia Economic Update Report "… takes a closer look at public investment programs implemented over the past five years, which surged until 2015, contributing to large increases in public finance deficits and the public debt. Mongolia needs to review and reshape its public investment policies and decision-making processes to improve efficiency of public spending, including clear project selection and prioritization criteria, as well as proper maintenance of existing assets."
The Rivers without Boundaries (RwB) International Coalition welcomes the IBRD recommendations to fully reform current harmful practices of project …

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A glimpse of hope for Siberian forests
 

Two  different events in  Russia and China may mean the beginning of the end for the Amazar Pulp and Saw Mill Project pursued by Heilongjiang Xingbang Company in Zabaikalsky Province of Russia.
In late March 2018 Greenpeace received an official reply from President’s Administration to a letter sent in late January. The reply lists among preconditions for completion of the Amazar Mill some of very familiar arguments that the RwB raised for years such as:
– need to update EIA and expand it to assess …