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Baikal Lake, Selenga River »

[20 Oct 2017 | Topics: ]

"We have achieved something of a success story," says activist Aleksandr Kolotov. "But it is far too early to celebrate victory."
 
IRKUTSK, Russia — Environmentalists in Russia’s Far East have been celebrating a small victory in a long war to protect one of the world’s great natural treasures, Lake Baikal. On September 27, the World Bank froze its tender process for a Mongolian project to construct a hydroelectric station on the Selenga River, the main inlet source for the massive lake. The environmentalists have been arguing for years that …

Irtysh River, Kherlen River, Mongolian Great Lakes, Onon River, Selenga River, Solidarity, Uldz River »

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, John Knox assessed how Mongolia is promoting human rights in the context of environmental protection. Knox has stayed in Mongolia since 19 Sep 2017 and met with ministries, lawyers, parliament members and representatives of international and regional organizations. On September 27 he presented his preliminary observations.

Knox, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights obligations related to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, called for Mongolia to develop progressive initiatives to eliminate harmful effects of …

Solidarity, Yenisey Basin »

[29 Sep 2017 | Topics: ]

Picture Source: https://vk.com/paorushydro?w=wall-42131356_2628
 
The RusHydro Company – owner of most Russian hydropower dams – is known for considerable idle  capacity at many generation facilities due to placement of large dams in remote unpopulated areas without adequate transmission links with load centers. Recently Russian hydropower plants have been marketing use of their excess energy for Big Data Centers, Hydrogen Production, Spaceship launching facilities, other fancy energy-intensive industries, but so far unsuccessfully.
The biggest of Russian hydro-dams the Sayano-Shushenskaya Hydro on the Yenisei River (best known for tragic death of 79 personnel due …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[26 Jul 2017 | Topics: ]

 

The Coalition for the Protection of Rivers of Bosnia and Herzegovina warns that the uncontrolled construction of hydropower plants will cause untold devastation to biodiversity and water quality in the country. More than 300 new hydropower plants are currently planned.
In a symbolic action, a ruined dam on the Bašćica River was painted with a giant woman “smashing” the dam, showing human’s weakness over nature and the consequences of unplanned construction.
The Idbar dam was built in 1959 in the valley below Prenj Mountain, Konjic, to stop gravel going into the …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[22 Dec 2016 | Topics: ]

RwB#22122016
To: Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador; Walter Garcia, Minister of Environment; Minister of the Interior
December 22, 2016
Dear Mr. President: We would like to express our concern about the advances of mega-mining in the Amazonian Shuar territory, where the community of Nankints in Morona Santiago province was evicted in August 2016 to make way to the construction of a mining camp by the Chinese Company Explorcobres SA. It is known that this mining project is …