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[1 Nov 2020 | Topics: ]

Vulnerable Kherlen River the victim of water diversion plans

Before 2000 there were no mines in
South Gobi apart from the state-run Tavan Tolgoi coal mine. But over the past
two decades, foreign investment has flooded in, with companies now operating 12
large mines, including Rio Tinto’s Oyu Tolgoi, one of the world’s biggest
copper and gold mines. Driven by the mining industry’s growing demands, the
government estimates that the region’s groundwater will run dry within a few
years.

Much of Mongolia’s water is in the
north, and the government now plans to pipe this water to the arid …

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The new Sustainable Recovery Plan
released by the International Energy Agency in response to the Covid-19
pandemic and economic crisis being felt across the world has recommended hydropower
and nuclear reactor modernization as one of key policy measures. The plan seeks
to show governments what they can do to boost economic growth, create jobs and
put global greenhouse gas emissions into structural decline. It sets out over
30 policy measures to be carried out over the next three years requiring about
US$1 trillion of additional annual investment (from both the public and private
sectors).

Figure: Annual average …

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[10 Apr 2020 | Topics: ]

Her Majesty’s Hydropower Construction at Cairngorms National Park (Image by ECOW. 2019)

The Daily Mail reported that the Queen has won over environmentalists an argument about developing 2MW hydropower scheme on River Muick in Scotland. The new hydro which affects natural ecosystems of Cairngorms National Park will supply the Balmoral royal estate and the expected net financial value of generation goes up to 650000 pounds a year. However, the 2020 report from IRENA on development of renewable energy proves that the Queen have chosen a failing unpopular technology, while many …

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[7 Jan 2020 | Topics: ]

The Dead End

Opinion by Paul Hockenos(CNN)

Climate change is already wreaking
lethal havoc on the world of flora and fauna.

So, all hands on deck to save the
planet, right? We’re behind in the chase and need all the clean energy
resources we can muster to hit the 2015 Paris summit goals and curb global
warming, right?

Actually, no. All renewable energy
sources are neither equal nor welcome. Just because an energy source is zero or
low emissions doesn’t mean that it’s intrinsically
good for the environment — just look at nuclear power, which many
countries (rightly) deem much too …

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[10 Dec 2019 | Topics: ]

In September the RwB Coalition published ” Our Response to the Climate Bond Initiative’s Attempt to “Climatewash” Hydropower “. Now 281 CSOs from 75 countries representing all major river basins of the world joined forces in a call to Climate Bonds Initiative to abandon proposed Standard for Hydropower, which has nothing to do with genuine climate mitigation efforts. Their statement is also available in Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Portuguese (note: those are earlier releases with 276 signatories). At Climate COP 25 in Madrid this issue will be raised …

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Small Hydro, supported by the International Finance Corporation, blocking Langarica River in a national park in Albania . by Cornelia Wieser

As You, probably, know the main factor preventing rivers in EU to achieve “good ecological status” prescribed by the Water Framework Directive is “hydro-morphological alteration”, in other words – dams, dykes and other water infrastructure. One would expect, that policies of EU countries would be directed at removing and reducing this threat. Reality is shocking:

Europe’s rivers are damned by dams: Plans are drawn …