New Energy Agreement between Mongolia and Russia May Eliminate Plans for Hydropower Plants in Selenge River Basin

December 3. Moscow. Mongolia and Russia have finally signed an agreement on cooperation in electric power, development of which was triggered by Mongolia’s plans to build hydropower plants in Lake Baikal basin to achieve self-sufficiency in energy sector. On the part of Mongolia, such desire was partly due to lack …

Freshwater ecosystems wiped out in the Climate’s Name: a new study on hydropower frenzy in Europe.

As You, probably, know the main factor preventing rivers in EU to achieve “good ecological status” prescribed by the Water Framework Directive is “hydro-morphological alteration”, in other words – dams, dykes and other water infrastructure. One would expect, that policies of EU countries would be directed at removing and reducing …

EDF: In the first decade a hydrodam could cause more warming than a coal-fired power plant

The common understanding that hydropower is not a “climate savior” was recently supported by another solid study in a leading scientific journal. The Environmental Defense Fund has published a study in Environmental Science and Technology that it says shows that hydropower “is not always as good for the climate as …

Watering the NDCs: New Guidance Document on Water’s Role in National Climate Planning

Recently the RwB contributed to development of a guidance document on taking water into account when developing climate mitigation and adaptation measures. Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) issued the first public version of this living document on November 15. By crowdsourcing with national, sectoral, and civil society partners, AGWA …