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[25 Mar 2017 | Topics: ]

 
New large hydro has shown a major year-to-year slowdown in 2016. It has also shown opposite tendencies for pumped storage and “true” hydro.
The International Hydropower Association has issued annual brief on the“Key Trends in Hydropower” . In 2016, worldwide hydropower development grew by 31.5 GW  of new capacity. This includes 6.4 GW of pumped storage hydropower plants (PSHPP), nearly twice the amount installed in 2015. Pumped hydro constituted 1/3 of all installations in China and Africa and 2/3 in Europe. According to IHA, the increase in pumped storage  development …

Amur River, Baikal Lake, Greening Silk Road, Selenga River, Solidarity »

The International Day of Action to Protect Rivers was relatively peaceful at our northern latitudes, where rivers are still covered with ice. It consisted of five environmental education events, two public lectures and two petitions released to mass-media. Such relative quietness in part is a consequence of wise and timely decision by the giant corporation RusHydro not to pursue any new sizeable hydropower projects in  coming years. Previous RusHydro’s CEO Evgeny Dod has been under arrest since last year for alleged embezzlement of 370 million rubles (USD 5 million). …

Baikal Lake, Central Asia Basins, Greening Silk Road, Kherlen River, Selenga River, Solidarity »

 

It became a tradition every spring to propose a new mega-pipeline to quench thirst in arid corners of Asia. Last year it was done by the Russian Minister of Agriculture Mr.Tkachev , in 2013 by the President of Mongolia Elbegdorj…
The Global Times published a series of articles on a new pipedream, which were reproduced in Guardian, The Times, many other media outlets…
The Lanzhou Urban & Rural Planning and Design Institute has proposed diverting water from Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world, to relieve Gansu Province water …

Amur River, Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[6 Feb 2017 | Topics: ]

In August 2016 we draw Your attention to the leading "new clean energy" company Hanergy, which suffered a severe failure at HK Stock Exchange, and then proposed to Russian Ministry for Development of the Far East to revive an old plan for a giant dam to harness flow of the greatest untamed river of Asia. This attempted murder of the Amur River  was halted by swift concerted action by environmental journalists, WWF-Russia, other RwB Coalition-members and allies, indigenous groups, local experts in academia and resource management agencies. Even Russian …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[22 Dec 2016 | Topics: ]

RwB#22122016
To: Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador; Walter Garcia, Minister of Environment; Minister of the Interior
December 22, 2016
Dear Mr. President: We would like to express our concern about the advances of mega-mining in the Amazonian Shuar territory, where the community of Nankints in Morona Santiago province was evicted in August 2016 to make way to the construction of a mining camp by the Chinese Company Explorcobres SA. It is known that this mining project is …