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[20 Oct 2019 | Topics: ]

Fifteen people were killed and another six missing after a dam collapsed at an artisanal gold mine in a remote Siberian settlement of Shchetinkino  at dawn on October 19  in the latest deadly accident to hit Russia.

Crime scene by Vesti.ru. Temporary living quarters of gold miners were not designed to withstand mudflood

The Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition since 2008 has been calling on authorities of Russia and Mongolia to follow example of adjacent provinces of Northeast China and phase out placer gold mining in rivers as dangerous, outdated and …

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Dynamics of RE Annual Additions Globally. Hydro Marked as Blue, Wind as Grey and Sun as Yellow (IRENA)

As economic attractiveness of hydropower goes
down world-wide, the sector seeks to find new sources of support. Climate
funding is the single most promising opportunity for hydropower to continue
ruining rivers and forests of the planet. Therefore, we at the RwB pay close
attention to these developments and want to share with You our recent comments on
the “Draft Hydropower Standard for Climate
Bonds” issued by the Climate Bond Initiative” –  the first consistent attempt to “Climatewash”
hydro in …

Aral Sea, Featured, Greening Silk Road »

President Emomali Rahmon starts construction of Rogun Hydro in 2016

The AIIB announced that it is joining the ADB and EBRD in an effort to build a 76 kilometer road and a bridge in Tajikistan. One would wonder why three multilateral banks are needed for such a small ordinary task? The answer is simple – they are helping the Central Asian autocracy to legitimize its unsustainable hydropower mega-project – potential source of major water conflicts in the region. This also may be paving the way for real large donor coming to …

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[16 Sep 2019 | Topics: ]

Please, imagine that the Thinker bears the map of the world, the rest holds…

On Monday, September 16, the EU Commission of finance stops accepting
comments on the second draft of the Technical
report on “EU Taxonomy (of activities for
sustainable development eligible for green funding)”. The report sets
out the basis for a future EU taxonomy in legislation, contains technical
screening criteria for 67 activities across 8 sectors that can make a
substantial contribution to climate change mitigation. Similar document called “Catalogue of Green Industries” was
published in April by China.

According to the draft, the EU still
plans to support …

Amur River, Featured, Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

Dam on Amazar River that degrades habitat of giant Taimen Salmon (by RwB)

We do have both good and bad news from the Amazar River -the uppermost tributary of the Amur-Heilong, which was blocked by dam for alleged needs of the Amazar Pulp and Saw Mill “Polaris”( 阿玛扎尔林浆一体化项目 ) – being built by Heilongjiang Xingbang International Investment Co。 ( 黑龙江兴邦国际资源投资股份有限公司 ) with support of a loan from China Development Bank. The Polaris Project also threatens last remaining intact boreal forests on Sino-Russian border.

This unfinished project initiated in 2004 has …

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Amur-Heilong River at proposed Taipinggou Dam site. Photo by Taipinggou National Nature reserve

New article titled “Freshwater Ecosystems versus Hydropower Development” published in the MDPI journal “Water” shows practical directions for sustainable hydropower planning, suggesting much more tangible and straightforward ways to avoid and reduce dam impacts, than those suggested in “ESG gap analysis tool” developed by International Hydropower Association.

Hydropower development inevitably causes
a multitude of negative effects on freshwater ecosystems, and to prevent and
minimize possible damage, environmental impact assessments must be conducted
and optimal management scenarios designed. This paper, written by …