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Aral Sea, Central Asia Basins, Featured, Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

The tragic failure of the Sardoba
dam has sparked fresh debate around water conflicts and the need for
cooperation between countries in Central Asia

Traumatic memories of Sardoba dam failure…

At 5.55 am on May 1, after five days
of severe storms, a dam wall at the Sardoba reservoir in the region of
Sirdaryo, Uzbekistan, collapsed and water poured through a breach onto cotton
fields and villages.

To reduce water pressure on the
walls of the reservoir and prevent further collapse of dam walls, its gates
were opened. Water spilled into the Southern Golodnostepsky Canal and its
offshoots, with the intention …

Arctic, Solidarity »

[14 Jun 2020 | Topics: ]

A huge flow of diesel has reached
stunning Lake Pyasino in the Arctic after the recent accident at a thermal
power plant near Norilsk, it is believed. This indicates the failure of initial
attempts to contain the toxic pollution, and with the lake linked by the Pyasina
River to the Kara Sea there are now fears much worse is to come. A grim
Krasnoyarsk governor Alexander Uss
said: ‘The fuel has got into Lake Pyasino. This is a beautiful lake about 70
kilometres long.‘But it’s impossible to predict how it will bear this brunt
now. At the moment, …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[4 Jun 2020 | Topics: ]

We warned in vain that hydropower construction should be halted to prevent massive outbreak of COVID-19 at Beloporozhskaya hydroelectric station.

A large outbreak of coronavirus was detected in Karelia, at the construction site of the Beloporozhskaya hydropower station, with number of COVID-positive patients hospitalized from the construction site coming to 79 by the morning of June 4. Two months ago Eugene Simonov –international coordinator of the Rivers without Boundaries coalition published a warning to Karelia authorities insisting that precautions should be taken and construction should not be rushed to meet …

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 …

Solidarity, World Heritage Convention »

[18 Nov 2019 | Topics: ]

Following the submission of a complaint to the New South Wales Senate Inquiry on the Warragamba Dam, as a responsible signatory I decided to visit the dam itself. Of course, our own submission dealt with environmentally damaging projects undertaken by SMEC overseas, but looking at legendary Warragamba Dam would give me better understanding of domestic Australian context of its new project.

140-meter Dam as it is now is almost free of active public controversy, all questions are about a proposal to raise it by 14-17 meters to …

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 …