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A proposal to divert Siberian lake water to China’s arid northwest meets with opposition, writes Eugene Simonov for the China Dialogue

Lake Baikal in Russia holds 20% of the earth’s freshwater supplies and harbours at least 2,500 species, most of them found nowhere else (Image: Eugene Simonov)
 
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If not to consider seriously Baikal-China Sky Way String Transport proposed by Belorussian entrepreneur Yunitsky, there are only three imaginable forms for Lake Baikal water exports: in bottles\plastic containers, in cisterns by rail and by a specially built pipeline. Dr. Sherstyankin of Irkutsk Limnology in …

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Chief Researcher from Baikalsky Biosphere Reserve testifying on possible threats to the Lake Baikal ecosystems at the WB consultations in Kabansk, Russia, March 2017.(Photo: RwB)
 
Kenneth Rapoza has published in “Forbes” a detailed account of the several  potentially damaging dams planned in Lake Baikal basin in Mongolia. We publish excerpts:
The biggest fresh water lake in the world is under attack…again…this time from Mongolian power companies with help from the World Bank looking to build two hydroelectric dams that draw from an important Russian river.
Last week, the World Bank held public hearings …

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People from 30 countries who attended Rivergathering in Tbilisi  , Georgia on March 28-31, 2017  signed a letter urging the leaders of Mongolia and the World Bank to refrain  from plans to build dams in Selenge River Basin. They demanded that the country and the WB do not violate international law and do not create new environmental and social risks.

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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 …

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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). …

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