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America’s Crumbling Dams Are A Disaster Waiting To Happen

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 05.18.2016 | Green

America’s infrastructure is crumbling. The dams are in particularly rough shape and many have deteriorated -- some to dangerous and potentially dead...

Funders Exit Agua Zarca Dam, But Struggle Continues

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.09.2016 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Last week, Honduran police arrested several officers employed by the Agua Zarca Dam builder DESA and the country's armed forces as suspects in the mur...

Belo Monte and How NOT to Produce Energy in the 21st Century

Astrid Puentes Riaño | Posted 05.07.2016 | Green
Astrid Puentes Riaño

Today, May 5, Dilma Rouseff, President of Brazil inaugurated the Belo Monte Dam in the Brazilian Amazon, about five months after its first reservoirs began to fill.

In the Crosshairs of Development

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.02.2016 | Green
Peter Bosshard

When we learned that Berta Cáceres, a leader of the indigenous Lenca people, was murdered in Honduras, we were shocked but not surprised. A violent death is the all-too-frequent fate of indigenous activists who defend their rivers and lands against dams, logging and other forms of destructive development.

European Funders Suspend Support for Agua Zarca Dam

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.16.2016 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The construction site of the Agua Zarca Dam in Honduras (COPINH) On March 15, Nelson Garcia, an activist of COPINH, the Honduran organization Berta C...

Agua Zarca: A Stain on the Dutch and Finnish Human Rights Record

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.15.2016 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Six indigenous people were killed in the Dutch-funded Santa Rita Dam in Guatemala (CODECO) "Respect for human rights," the Finnish government says, i...

Who Killed Berta Cáceres?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.04.2016 | Green
Peter Bosshard

We don't know who fired the bullet that killed Berta Cáceres. But we need to call out the actors who share a moral responsibility for the murder of our friend and partner.

Has the Post-Dam Future Started?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.09.2016 | Green
Peter Bosshard

On February 5 the power utility of California's capital Sacramento decided to cancel the $1.5 billion Iowa Hill Dam, a pumped storage project in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The decision may not be remarkable by itself, but marks a watershed moment and signals the early beginnings of an exciting development away from large dams.

Visionary Environmentalist Doug Tompkins Passes Away

Peter Bosshard | Posted 12.10.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Environmental activists in Chile and around the world mourn the passing of Doug Tompkins, who died in a kayak accident in his beloved Patagonia yesterday. The eminent entrepreneur and conservation pioneer was an inspiring visionary and had the rare gift to turn his vision into practice.

10 Reasons Why Large Hydropower Is a False Solution to Climate Change

Peter Bosshard | Posted 12.03.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Support from climate initiatives is one of the reasons why more than 3,700 hydropower dams are currently under construction and in the pipeline. Yet large hydropower projects are a false solution to climate change. They should be kept out from national and international climate initiatives for the following reasons.

Damn Dams

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 11.04.2015 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

There are new, smart solutions to our water problems that don't involve further costly destruction of our natural ecosystems and local communities. Let's not apply 20th century solutions to 21st century problems.

The Attack of the Zombie Dams

Peter Bosshard | Posted 10.29.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

We've come up with creative ways to fight these bad projects -- we target the financiers, the governments, the companies. We work with local residents to publicize their stories, support their struggle and win them a place at the table so they have a say over decisions that could change their lives.

Does the World Bank's "Success Story" on Dams Still Hold Water?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 11.09.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

As the World Bank again invests in large dam schemes with the promise of "sustainable hydropower," it has unfortunately failed to learn from its past mistakes.

More Than 1 Million Malaria Cases Per Year Due to African Dams, Study Finds

Peter Bosshard | Posted 09.23.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The connection between dams and malaria has long been known. The stagnant water of reservoirs and the puddles along their shorelines create perfect conditions for the Anopheles mosquito, which transmits malaria, to breed. Yet until now, the problem has never been comprehensively examined.

Remove Them, Remove Every Dam One of Them

Marshall Brown | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Marshall Brown

In order to save our rivers and give our oceans a fighting chance, in order to bring back marshland and crucial habitats for fish, amphibians, birds, ...

Those Dammed Salmon -- Set them Free!

Leda Huta | Posted 09.09.2015 | Green
Leda Huta

The one most important thing that we can do to set them free, free to provide this incredible, abundant resource for us and for the creatures with whom we share this planet, is to take down some dams that no longer serve our communities. And with well over 75,000 dams across America, there are a good number that fall into that category.

30 Things You Didn't Know About Rivers

Peter Bosshard | Posted 07.16.2016 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Rivers are some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Rivers and lakes sustain more fish species than the sea even though they contain 600 times less water.

Will the World Take Action to Stop the Destruction of a Unique Global Heritage?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.25.2016 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The member states of the World Heritage Committee have so far declined to declare Lake Turkana a World Heritage in Danger. They have instead asked the Ethiopian government to avert the destruction of Lake Turkana by carrying out a strategic environmental assessment of the projects in the Omo Valley. Yet so far, the Ethiopian government has thumbed its nose at the UN body.

Wind and Solar Power Are Taking the Lead

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.18.2016 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Dam builders like to claim that hydropower is the world's largest source of renewable electricity. But new figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) show that the picture is quickly changing.

How the Inga Dams Are Holding the Congo's Energy Future Hostage

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.10.2016 | Green
Peter Bosshard

It is time for the World Bank and the DRC government to embrace more feasible solutions and stop holding the Congolese population hostage to their multi-billion dollar dreams.

How Business Leaders Can Help Save the Planet -- and Lead a Joyous Life

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.02.2016 | Green
Mark Tercek

Your businesses have clout. I encourage you to be bolder -- use your clout to push decision-makers and build coalitions that result in win-win strategies that strengthen both business and environmental outcomes.

The Power of Rivers -- in Whose Hands?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.27.2016 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Sustainable water and energy development requires public participation in decision making just as much as money and technical expertise. The Nature Conservancy makes a strong case that smart planning needs to address the systems level rather than just individual dams. It now needs to expand its approach and give the rights of affected communities the place they deserve.

Goldman Prize Winners 2015: When Art Empowers Society, and So Much More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.21.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Once again, Goldman Prize awardees embody how single, determined individuals across the world can mobilize enough groundswell to conquer industrial Goliaths. Hailing from diverse backgrounds, these 2015 superheroes form a fountain of inspiration for all of us, and their weblinks show how we can act.

Dammed, Displaced and Forgotten

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that for the World Bank and other financiers, poor people who stand in the way of their projects literally don't count. Time and again, the World Bank has demonstrated that it is not able to resettle people fairly. It should stop displacing people involuntarily in its projects.

Rainwater Harvesting Pioneer Wins International Water Prize

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

By empowering poor farmers, reviving traditional knowledge and building small rainwater ponds, Indian activist Rajendra Singh has brought five rivers and a thousand villages back to life over the past 30 years. On August 26, Sweden's King Carl Gustav will present the highly reputed Stockholm Water Prize to the rainwater pioneer.