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[4 Dec 2019 | Topics: ]

Lake Baikal shore in winter (RwB)

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 of long-term agreement with neighbors for reliable electricity supply at affordable price.

The necessity for such agreement has been discussed at least since 2014 and was always viewed in conjunction with difficult negotiations on …

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Small Hydro, supported by the International Finance Corporation, blocking Langarica River in a national park in Albania . by Cornelia Wieser

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 this threat. Reality is shocking:

Europe’s rivers are damned by dams: Plans are drawn …

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[20 Oct 2019 | Topics: ]

Fifteen people were killed and another six missing after a dam collapsed at an artisanal gold mine in a remote Siberian settlement of Shchetinkino  at dawn on October 19  in the latest deadly accident to hit Russia.

Crime scene by Vesti.ru. Temporary living quarters of gold miners were not designed to withstand mudflood

The Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition since 2008 has been calling on authorities of Russia and Mongolia to follow example of adjacent provinces of Northeast China and phase out placer gold mining in rivers as dangerous, outdated and …

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Dynamics of RE Annual Additions Globally. Hydro Marked as Blue, Wind as Grey and Sun as Yellow (IRENA)

As economic attractiveness of hydropower goes
down world-wide, the sector seeks to find new sources of support. Climate
funding is the single most promising opportunity for hydropower to continue
ruining rivers and forests of the planet. Therefore, we at the RwB pay close
attention to these developments and want to share with You our recent comments on
the “Draft Hydropower Standard for Climate
Bonds” issued by the Climate Bond Initiative” –  the first consistent attempt to “Climatewash”
hydro in …

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President Emomali Rahmon starts construction of Rogun Hydro in 2016

The AIIB announced that it is joining the ADB and EBRD in an effort to build a 76 kilometer road and a bridge in Tajikistan. One would wonder why three multilateral banks are needed for such a small ordinary task? The answer is simple – they are helping the Central Asian autocracy to legitimize its unsustainable hydropower mega-project – potential source of major water conflicts in the region. This also may be paving the way for real large donor coming to …

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[16 Sep 2019 | Topics: ]

Please, imagine that the Thinker bears the map of the world, the rest holds…

On Monday, September 16, the EU Commission of finance stops accepting
comments on the second draft of the Technical
report on “EU Taxonomy (of activities for
sustainable development eligible for green funding)”. The report sets
out the basis for a future EU taxonomy in legislation, contains technical
screening criteria for 67 activities across 8 sectors that can make a
substantial contribution to climate change mitigation. Similar document called “Catalogue of Green Industries” was
published in April by China.

According to the draft, the EU still
plans to support …