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[11 Jun 2018 | Topics: ]

In an article in the Journal "Trends in Ecology & Evolution" twenty-four experts in conservation research and practice, ecology, economics, policy, and science communication  reviewed 117 potential issues and identified 15 priority topics following a wide consultation. They followed a Delphi like process to score and identify the most important.
This is the ninth such annual "horizon scan" to identify emerging issues. Themes among selected topics include new mechanisms driving the emergence and geographic expansion of diseases, innovative biotechnologies, reassessments of global change, and one of them highlights the development …

Amur Basin, Argun River, Featured, Greening Silk Road, Shilka River »

[5 Jun 2018 | Topics: ]

The Amazar Pulp and Saw Mill (APSM) – the single most controversial forestry project in Siberia
Chinese Version via link: 俄罗斯造纸项目考验绿色“一带一路” 
One quarter of 214 million m3 of wood harvested in Russia is exported to China. In Asian Russia most logging is driven by signals from Chinese market. Facing growing demand for wood and shortages in domestic supply, Chinese authorities are pushing for greater imports from Russia, ignoring the fact that its neighbour will cease to be a reliable supplier within a decade. On the website …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[30 May 2018 | Topics: ]

An interview with conservation biologist William F. Laurance: Chinas Global Infrastructure Initiative Could Bring Environmental Catastrophe
Humans are ravaging tropical forests by hunting, logging and building roads, and the threats are mounting by the day. China is planning a series of massive infrastructure projects across four continents, an initiative that conservation biologist William Laurance described as “environmentally, the riskiest venture ever undertaken.” In a commentary published in the journal Nature Sustainability, he and an international team of researchers urge China to weigh the possibly disastrous consequences of its Belt and …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[25 May 2018 | Topics: ]

Graph: Hydropower capacity increase in MW. Data from IHA reports
The 2018 Hydropower Status Report offers insights and trends on the hydropower sector from members of International Hydropower Association..
Key findings:
A record 4,185 terawatt hours (TWh) in electricity was generated from hydropower in 2017.
Worldwide hydropower installed capacity rose to 1,267 gigawatts (GW) in 2017, including 153 GW of pumped storage. During the year, 21.9 GW of capacity was added including 3.2 GW of pumped storage.(In the last year report  the IHA divided figures for conventional  hydropower and pumped storage, but given …

Featured, Greening Silk Road »

[11 May 2018 | Topics: ]

Photo: Famous Cross-Amur Half-Bridge in late 2016
 
Welcome to consultations…
On 10 May 2018  the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has launched public ​​ consultations on its Draft Transport Sector Strategy. The AIIB claims that the draft strategy outlines AIIB’s vision to develop sustainable and integrated transport systems that promote trade and economic growth in Asia. AIIB’s intended approach will embrace innovative and proven technologies, as well as promote environmental and social sustainability. While the energy sector presents a larger infrastructure demand need in Asia, the transport infrastructure sector arguably presents the …

Greening Silk Road, Selenga River, Uldz River »

[3 May 2018 | Topics: ]

As Mongolian Government is steering the discussion about the proposed dams in Lake Baikal – Selenge River basin from energy security to national water crisis it is important for civil society groups and independent researchers to collect and use for good available information on effective water management solutions and efficient water use technologies relevant to Mongolia.
Help comes from most unlikely direction: 2030Water Resource Group sponsored by the World Bank. After two years of procrastination it finally published on-line two important "Hydro-economic analysis" reports produced in 2016.
The first report titled "Hydro-economic …