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[5 Apr 2018 | Topics: ]

 

In 2016-17 The RwB Coalition and allies have been trying to get response from Chinese banks about environmental and social safeguards used when lending to Yamal LNG Project.  We still have no response. This article in China Dialogue by Jenny Johnson contains new details on this growing threat to the  Arctic.

China’s state enterprises have invested heavily in Yamal LNG, a natural gas extraction, liquefaction and export project. Yamal LNG’s output capacity is around 16.5 million tonnes per year, according to Novatek, the project’s majority owner. It was officially …

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A glimpse of hope for Siberian forests
 

Two  different events in  Russia and China may mean the beginning of the end for the Amazar Pulp and Saw Mill Project pursued by Heilongjiang Xingbang Company in Zabaikalsky Province of Russia.
In late March 2018 Greenpeace received an official reply from President’s Administration to a letter sent in late January. The reply lists among preconditions for completion of the Amazar Mill some of very familiar arguments that the RwB raised for years such as:
– need to update EIA and expand it to assess …

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[23 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

Odebrecht investigation is moving like avalanche through the world and hitting diverse collection of victims. This month in Peru it hit a president and the largest Chinese investor.
Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, implicated in a corruption scandal involving Latin America’s largest construction firm, announced his resignation on March 21st. Likely Kuczynski had nothing or very little to do with the bribing monster, at least in comparison with other politicians. For example, Peru’s former President Ollanta Humala and his wife are in prison while authorities investigate their involvement with Odebrecht.
In at …

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[12 Jan 2018 | Topics: ]

Good news came to us in the first days of this year from an unexpected source. Brazil officials announced  that the Government “should respect the views of civil society” and will abstain from new mega-dam building. This is a global trend that was theoretically predicted awhile ago and, hopefully,  is finally gaining momentum among strongest “DamNations”. Thus Brazil becomes the third BRICs country after China and Russia that limits large hydropower construction on its rivers.  Hey India, now it is Your turn!

· Brazil’s government this week announced a …

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[3 Jan 2018 | Topics: ]

 
Yamal LNG shipping scenarios. Source: Novatek
More than a year has passed since several conservation NGOs addressed Chinese state banks (the China Development Bank (CDB), China Exim Bank, and the Silk Road Fund) raising deep concerns regarding environmental and social impacts of the Yamal LNG Project. We got no response either from Chinese financiers or from Chinese agencies overseeing  overseas investment. In December 2017 a case-study on this project was published by the Friends of the Earth US in a book "Investing in a green Belt&Road? Assessing implementation of China’s Green …

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[30 Nov 2017 | Topics: ]

This is a quick snap-shot  developed by Eugene Simonov of the Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition (RwB) who visited planned reservoir bottom in September 2017. At the RwB we often encounter 50-60-year old dam designs being revived in completely new circumstances of the "Belt and Road Initiative"(BRI) of China. Besides Tractebel (part of Engie ) and Gezhouba companies involved in this cases are well known to us from other dam sites in Eurasia. This short review is written to bring discussion from political speculations to basic questions about this immortal …