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[23 Dec 2018 | Topics: ]

 
Can one promote great common good on behalf of association of companies from 80 countries and then immediately extract tangible private gain from it?
Please, be patient – read a string  of news covering first 3 weeks of December.

UN DESA shows commitment to climate action at COP24
The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs is stepping up its presence at the annual UN Climate Change Conference, to be held from 2 to 14 December in Katowice, Poland. “We must promote synergies between the SDGs and climate change to advance …

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[6 Dec 2018 | Topics: ]

The new Mid-term Energy Program of Mongolia disregards financial, environmental and climate commitments – may increase significantly Mongolia’s debt and carbon footprint.
For a country that just narrowly escaped financial default[1], the new energy mid—term program of Mongolia (2018- 2023) suggesting to increase current debt burden by borrowing USD 4.0 billion to expedite development of 8000 megawatts of coal-thermal energy production capacity is a reckless plan to say the least.
With current electricity generation system of Mongolia totaling around 1200 MW this is a bold increase, which will have consequences for …

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[5 Dec 2018 | Topics: ]

Among non-island nations of the world, Mongolian people, likely, are now experiencing the worst consequences of climate change and the country’s government recently publicly welcomed climate skeptics to come over and see the evidence. "Do not wait until it gets You!" appealed to other governments Mongolia Foreign Minister Tsogtbaatar . However, despite having enormous solar and wind resources, Mongolia is not willing to lead by its own example. Instead it is planning for a 9 – fold increase of its coal-thermal generation.
On October 24, 2018 Government …

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Degradation of UN institutions catering to special interest groups has reached a new height. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) in March 2018 started a partnership “Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions” with the Itaipu Binacional Hydropower (Brazil-Paraguay) company which holds the world record of annual energy production for a hydroelectric plant. It also holds a record of environmental destruction. Therefore decades after reservoir completion significant resources are still devoted by the company to offset its disastrous impact on biodiversity and well-being of local communities. In …

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An article “Harmonizing World Heritage and Climate Measures. The Case of Lake Baikal” by Sergey Shapkhaev, Director, Buriat Regional Union for Baikal and Eugene Simonov, Coordinator of the Rivers without Boundaries Coalition and Researcher at Daursky Biosphere Reserve was published in 2018 World Heritage Watch Report.
 

I. "Climate Measures" vs Natural Values – conventions lack coordination
World Heritage sites’ OUVs are affected and threatened by many climate-related threats: floods, droughts, hurricanes, etc. However, it is often overlooked that haphazard human activities allegedly directed towards mitigation and adaptation to climate change also may …

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[3 May 2018 | Topics: ]

As Mongolian Government is steering the discussion about the proposed dams in Lake Baikal – Selenge River basin from energy security to national water crisis it is important for civil society groups and independent researchers to collect and use for good available information on effective water management solutions and efficient water use technologies relevant to Mongolia.
Help comes from most unlikely direction: 2030Water Resource Group sponsored by the World Bank. After two years of procrastination it finally published on-line two important "Hydro-economic analysis" reports produced in 2016.
The first report titled "Hydro-economic …