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[16 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

A Baikal seal on Lake Baikal. By Per Harald Olsen – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0.
London-listed En+ Group published its 2017 financial results  with revenues exceeding USD 12 billion and “environmental  provision”  of mere USD 3 million.  On the same day  James Cusick  questioned. In openDemocracy UK the behavior of  the Lord Barker of Battles – new chairman of Russian En+Group, that claims it operates “green” hydropower, while destroying Russian rivers and lakes. We really appreciate that in times when other press is preoccupied with political struggle and poisoning …

Baikal Lake, Featured, Selenga River, Solidarity »

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 …

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

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)
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 …

Greening Silk Road »

[27 May 2016 | Topics: ]

The first time a UN regional body established explicit cooperative program to facilitate sustainable development on the New Silk Road (OBOR). And we are happy to see that UNESCAP Secretary clearly outlines key obvious problems already  challenging implementation of the OBOR Initiative: lack of multilateral decision-making mechanisms and unsustainable bias towards resource extraction with lack of social and environmental safeguards and transparent risk assessment processes in general.

Last month China and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) have signed a cooperation document to …

Greening Silk Road »

[27 May 2016 | Topics: ]

Paris Climate Agreement or Silk Road Initiative – according to  Nursultan Nazarbayev  -all major strategies are not comprehensive enough to advance development and deal with  environmental challenges. He timely suggested to build a holistic global roadmap for green economy.

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has suggested mapping out the Global Roadmap on green economy development at the 9th Astana Economic Forum 26 May 2016.
"In pursuit of economic benefit we often forget about a whole spectrum of measures on the issues of environment. Global initiative to prevent climate change is of …

Solidarity »

[27 May 2016 | Topics: ]

NYT article “Unplugging the Colorado River” by Abrahm Lustgarten published right before World Fish Migration Day gives detailed description of water management options in drying Colorado River Basin. Proposal to drain giant reservoir behind Glenn Canyon Dam is given serious attention  as a measure to prevent unnecessary water losses. Many other smaller reservoirs in the western US have been already decommissioned and their dams removed to assist fish migration and as climate adaptation measure. RwB believes that this  timely discussion demonstrates lack of reason behind   proposals for new “climate …