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External threats and their perceptions tend to reflect differences between a society’s various segments and groups—which, in turn, stem from problems on local, regional or global levels. Certain problems can provoke public discontent and often require legislative regulation by the state. However, even in countries with well-developed civil society institutions, the state’s response can be controversial, providing little more than an illusory solution, while the actual problem remains hidden from sight, only to end up in explosive social conflict sooner or later. What …

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A Beijing-based NGO filed a lawsuit on Friday against the companies responsible for developing a hydropower station near a nature reserve in southwestern China, citing numerous environmental violations. Construction of the Huilong Mountain Hydropower Station, in Yunnan’s verdant Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, commenced in October 2015 and is slated for completion by 2019. But a group called Friends of Nature says the project has destroyed the rain forest, threatens fish, and will submerge part of the Xishuangbanna Nature Reserve. China Resources Power Yunnan Xishuangbanna Co. …

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Photo of arrested David Castillo Mejía, the executive president of the company “Desa”, which is building Agua Zarca dam on the Gualcarque river.(Ministerio Público(@MP_Honduras))
Honduran authorities have arrested a former military intelligence officer for masterminding the murder of the indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, who was shot dead exactly two years ago today.
David Castillo Mejía, the executive president of the company building a hydropower dam dam which Cáceres campaigned against, is the ninth person arrested for the murder, and the fourth with ties to the Honduran military.
Castillo Mejía is accused by arresting …

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The REGNUM Information Agency published results of  a public opinion poll undertaken by “Lake Baikal” Foundation and NAFI Analytical agency among local residents of Irkutsk Region and Buryatia Republic.
61% believe that environmental condition of the Lake has seriously worsened  during last 5 years., while only 2% believe it  has improved. Perception of the main factor causing degradation has the following split:
Pollution by wastewater: 75%
Forest fires: 69%
Lowering of the Lake Baikal water level: 63%
Development of the coastline: 62%
Illegal  fishing: 58%
Algal blooms of invasive species: 62%
Tourist boom: 44%
Impact from the Irkutsk …

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Good news came to us in the first days of this year from an unexpected source. Brazil officials announced  that the Government “should respect the views of civil society” and will abstain from new mega-dam building. This is a global trend that was theoretically predicted awhile ago and, hopefully,  is finally gaining momentum among strongest “DamNations”. Thus Brazil becomes the third BRICs country after China and Russia that limits large hydropower construction on its rivers.  Hey India, now it is Your turn!

· Brazil’s government this week announced a …

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