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[4 Dec 2019 | Topics: ]

Lake Baikal shore in winter (RwB)

December 3. Moscow. Mongolia and Russia have finally signed an agreement on cooperation in electric power, development of which was triggered by Mongolia’s plans to build hydropower plants in Lake Baikal basin to achieve self-sufficiency in energy sector. On the part of Mongolia, such desire was partly due to lack of long-term agreement with neighbors for reliable electricity supply at affordable price.

The necessity for such agreement has been discussed at least since 2014 and was always viewed in conjunction with difficult negotiations on …

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[28 Nov 2019 | Topics: ]

A long exposure view of Karnali River below Shreenagar village of Humla. by Nabin Baral, Karnali Expedition

The Karnali River is the gateway to the Kailash Mandala region from the Ganges River. It provides a sacred corridor once travelled by Shiva and his wife Parvati on his way to his home in Mt. Kailash. Today, the river corridor is travelled by tens of thousands of pilgrims annually. Of the three major rivers emerging from the Nepal Himalaya—the Koshi, the Gandaki, and the Karnali—the Karnali is the only …

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[18 Nov 2019 | Topics: ]

Following the submission of a complaint to the New South Wales Senate Inquiry on the Warragamba Dam, as a responsible signatory I decided to visit the dam itself. Of course, our own submission dealt with environmentally damaging projects undertaken by SMEC overseas, but looking at legendary Warragamba Dam would give me better understanding of domestic Australian context of its new project.

140-meter Dam as it is now is almost free of active public controversy, all questions are about a proposal to raise it by 14-17 meters to …

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[23 Sep 2019 | ]

Baikal shore near Posolsk

On September 12 the President approved a list of instructions to ensure compliance with the Law on Lake Baikal’s conservation and environmental rehabilitation.

The Government of the Russian Federation has been instructed
to review issues pertaining to Russia’s compliance with its
commitments on the conservation of Lake Baikal
as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site; the review
of the activities of the interdepartmental commission on the conservation
of Lake Baikal and improvement of its performance;
and organisation of the work of oversight authorities
in the Baikal Nature Territory.

The instructions for the Government also include improvement of state environmental monitoring of the unique ecosystem of Lake Baikal; prevention of and response to risks of disturbing Lake Baikal’s ecosystem; analysis of the fish stocks and fishing pressure on the Lake’s biological resources.

The Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Irkutsk Region were given …

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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 …

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Source: https://news.mn/en/788315

Former Mongolian Energy Minister M.Sonompil was sentenced to four years in prison over the abuse of power on Wednesday, 24 July 2019.

M.Sonompil worked as Energy Minister between 2012 and 2016. Those were decisive years when energy development in Mongolia fell victim of corruption and political favors. Instead of pursuing less ambitious and expensive projects in improving overall energy system, rehabilitating and upgrading existing facilities and developing true renewables, the country’s elite was favoring white elephants such as 10GW Shivee-Ovoo Thermal power plant, Ulaan Baatar CHPP #5, Baganuur Thermal Power …