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[20 Apr 2020 | Topics: ]

32GW drop in electricity demand caused by PM Modi’s demonstration of his authority over India’s citizens suffering lockdown

On April 3,
PM Modi appealed to Indians to turn out their lights for nine minutes at 9 p.m.
on Sunday. April 5th, to show solidarity amid the coronavirus lockdown with a
show of lamps, candles and flashlights. Critics say it was done to distract
attention from humanitarian problems caused by sudden country-wide lockdown imposed
on March 25.  “Salute to the light
of the lamp which brings auspiciousness, health and prosperity, which destroys
negative feelings,” Mr. Modi tweeted at …

Greening Silk Road, Paris vaut une barrage(?), Solidarity, World Heritage Convention »

[10 Apr 2020 | Topics: ]

Her Majesty’s Hydropower Construction at Cairngorms National Park (Image by ECOW. 2019)

The Daily Mail reported that the Queen has won over environmentalists an argument about developing 2MW hydropower scheme on River Muick in Scotland. The new hydro which affects natural ecosystems of Cairngorms National Park will supply the Balmoral royal estate and the expected net financial value of generation goes up to 650000 pounds a year. However, the 2020 report from IRENA on development of renewable energy proves that the Queen have chosen a failing unpopular technology, while many …

Amur Basin, Featured, Greening Silk Road »

[4 Apr 2020 | Topics: ]

The Amur-Heilong River has a long history of environmental pollution, with the worst cases resulting from industrial accidents. People of China and Russia still vividly remember the great panic of 2005 when a chemical plant blasted in Jilin Province threatening by toxic spill Harbin and Habarovsk cities and dozens of smaller settlements downstream on Songhua and Amur rivers. That challenge spurred emergence of the modern environment policy of China as well as sped up development of Russian-Chinese cooperation on transboundary water bodies.

Ever since in China environmental
policies constantly improved and …

Amur Basin, Amur River, Greening Silk Road »

[11 Nov 2019 | Topics: ]

Construction site of Amazar Saw and Pulp Mill and the dam blocking the Amazar River. So far the construction of the pulp mill has been completely stalled for 10 months.

Civil society attempts to prevent the worst environmental and social impacts from Chinese-owned pulp-mill development in Zabaikalsky province scored a new important tactical victory at Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The KHI toy-manufacturing company, which previously claimed that it wants to take over management of the “highly profitable Polaris Company” (Amazar Saw and Pulp Mill in Zabaikalsky Province), have yielded …

Featured, Greening Silk Road, Solidarity, World Heritage Convention »

Difficult dilemmas are discussed at the 43rd World Heritage Committee session in Baku. The RwB had a chance to introduce the “Heritage Dammed” Report during debate on two World Heritage sites threatened by dams.

NGO representative prepares for intervention

From July 1 afternoon African countries (which usually vote here in one united block) are challenging key enforcement mechanisms of the World Heritage Convention contrasting it with “rights to Sustainable development”. The move is backed now by Brazil, Bahrain and Azerbaijan.  Countries of Africa want more “development benefits from heritage …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[13 Apr 2019 | Topics: ]

Large corruption scandal followed the "crowd-funding campaign" for large dams on the Indus River (Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand hydropower stations) launched by former Chief Justice of Pakistan and the new Prime Minister in 2018.

Snapshot: Instead of expediting hearings on stalled cases, the Supreme Court of Pakistan still focuses on "dam jihad". http://www.supremecourt.gov.pk/web/page.asp?id=2757
 
Script for a Tragic Comedy “Dam Jihad”:
·  The ground-breaking ceremony for the giant Diamer-Bhasha Dam has already been carried out five times in the last fifteen years. The project cost is more than USD 14 billion, it has already …