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In Gornozavodsk (Japanese: 内幌町, Naihoro) town on Sakhalin Island, on May 14, 2018 a long anticipated coal-mud flood consumed several buildings  and farms and now creeps towards  the highway and nearby rivers. Coal  miners are routinely allowed to store waste in dangerous locations, displace local residents,  pollute salmon-spawning rivers and pay only minimal fines for all violations.
On Monday morning, the mass of waste earth and rock, that came from the storage of «Gornyak-1» Mining Company, destroyed the house and outbuildings of local retired couple. Family members  have not been …

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[14 May 2018 | Topics: ]

The X International Conference
“Rivers of Siberia and the Far East”
Novosibirsk, Russia
12-13 October 2018

Announcement № 1
Dear Friends!

The 10th International Conference “Rivers of Siberia and the Far East” will take place 12-13 October 2018 in Novosibirsk, Russia. The conference will be dedicated to issues of sustainable development in river and lake basins in Siberia and the Far East, as well as other regions; the sharing of local and international experiences; and the generation of proposals for the community and diverse branches of authority.
We kindly request that you and your …

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[13 May 2018 | Topics: ]

On May 10 a dam supplying water for export-oriented commercial rose-growing  agricultural farm burst in Kenya causing death and devastation. According to dam managers  it served for decades without causing concern, but last week caused a major disaster triggered by heavy rains.
The Patel dam was one of a number on a sprawling farm dams near Solai, 190km  from the capital, Nairobi. But none of them had a permit, a Water Resources Management Authority  spokesman said. But the general manager of the farm, Vinoj Kumar, denied the accusation that dams were …

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[1 May 2018 | Topics: ]

Rt Hon. Theresa May MP Prime Minister 10 Downing Street London, SW1A 2AA April 28, 2018 The Ilisu Dam and Turkey’s use of water as a weapon of war
Dear Prime Minister,
We write as civil society organizations to draw your attention to the imminent impoundment by Turkey of the Ilisu Dam on River Tigris in contravention of international customary law relating to shared waterways, which requires negotiation and agreement on downstream flows. …

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An article published by Chinese scientists shows changes in fish species assemblages along  Yellow river during last 50 years due to dams diversions and invasive species
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From the beginning of the 1960s in China, 32 large and medium-size dams in the main stem and hundreds of smaller ones in the tributaries have been constructed or impounded in the 5,464-km-long Yellow River.
Authors assessed changes in fish assemblages by comparing the species presence in historical and contemporary fish data in the Yellow River from 1965 to 2015. The temporal change in species …

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[14 Apr 2018 | Topics: ]

According to the report jointly prepared by UN Environment‘s Economy Division, Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance in April 2018, the share of hydropower in net additions of installed capacity in 2017 continued to shrink globally. The RwB merged the Report’s data with news from other sources to assess the situation.

(Note: "net addition" does not capture 32GW of coal-fired plants and 25GW of gas-fired plants which "replaced" decommissioned facilities)
In absence of fresh data from the IHA we compared Bloomberg figures with …