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The Impact of Energy on China/Myanmar Relations

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The acquisition of energy has become a dominant influence in China's foreign policy orientation generally, and has been a driving force in its relationship with Myanmar in recent years.

Should Saving Birds Trump Climate Change?

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

Mr. Franzen, put your considerable talent to work again and this time, persuade your readers to think of both species conservation and climate change with every action. Changing human behavior has worked in the past and can work now.

'The Next Hoover Dam Is Not Something We're Going To See'

Climate Central | Bobby Magill | Posted 04.06.2015 | Green

This story originally appeared on Climate Central. As investments in wind and solar power climb, backing major hydropower projects may be seen as a...

The Dark Streets of Patan - Nepal Manages the Energy Deficit With Rolling Blackouts

Janne Riikonen | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Janne Riikonen

It's 7 p.m., but it feels like midnight. The city of Patan in Nepal is already sleeping. The large city subsumed in the greater Kathmandu area is k...

For Earth Hour, Use Less of Everything

Natalie Pace | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Natalie Pace

The best way to make Earth Hour last beyond Saturday is to apply one simple rule of thumb: Use Less of Everything. Jettison the waste hidden in your daily routine. This is great for you personally and for our planet.

Chinese Water Management: Supply, Demand, and a Changing Climate

Peter Neill | Posted 12.27.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

If you accept that water is the most valuable commodity on earth, then there is no financial argument against its production at whatever cost. Hopefully the world, regardless of national aspiration, political ideology, and systems of governance, will come to that conclusion in time to assuage our thirst for survival.

No Need to Sacrifice the Planet's Arteries to Save Her Lungs

Peter Bosshard | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The People's Climate March will hopefully set some official pants on fire and speed up the capitalization of the new fund. At the same time, we need to be vigilant that the powers that be don't abuse the GCF as honey pots from which they can fund business-as-usual or outright destructive projects.

An Ontario-Quebec Power Pact Would Have a Win-win Outcome

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

Ontario wouldn't be the only winner from an inter-provincial power deal. Quebec has an abundance of power to offer, but it also urgently needs to find new markets.

Indian PM's Nepal Visit to Boost Energy, Infrastructure Cooperation

Samarth Pathak | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Samarth Pathak

The upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal is set to deepen relations between the two nations. India's role is crucial for Nepal as it enters a new era of democracy, change and development, while harnessing Nepal's resources can help solve India's pressing energy needs.

Government Audit Finds Hydropower Aid Doesn't Benefit the Poor

Peter Bosshard | Posted 09.07.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Norway is a leading voice in the global dams debate and is often considered a model in development and energy finance. A new audit adds to the growing evidence that large hydropower projects are not effective at reducing poverty, and that better tools for achieving this goal exist.

Red, White, and Renewable

Brigham A. McCown | Posted 08.31.2014 | Green
Brigham A. McCown

While uncertainty remains concerning the continuation of the federal tax subsidy programs for renewable energy, there is no doubt wind, solar, hydro, and even nuclear power should continue to play a growing part in America's energy production equation.

Spanish Island Becomes First To Be Powered Solely On Wind, Water

Mother Nature Network | Josh Lew | Posted 05.30.2014 | Green

This post originally appeared on Mother Nature Network. The most remote and westernmost of Spain's Canary Islands, El Hierro was considered to be t...

Feds Say Hydropower Capacity Could Be Doubled In U.S.

Posted 05.04.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on Climate Central. The Grand Canyon was once targeted as a major dam site by the federal government, a project even...

China Rivers at the Brink of Collapse

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.26.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Land conflicts have become the primary cause of social unrest in China. As dam building moves upstream into mountain areas, ethnic minorities are particularly affected by displacement.

Getting Dams Right

Mark Tercek | Posted 05.21.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

By Mark Tercek, President and CEO; and Giulio Boccaletti, Managing Director of Global Freshwater, The Nature Conservancy Over the next 20 years, m...

Large Dams Are Uneconomic, Scientific Study Finds

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.10.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Dam builders and financiers frequently acknowledge the problems of the past, but claim that they have learned from their mistakes.

Why the World Bank Continues to Fund Environmental Destruction

Peter Bosshard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Peter Bosshard

If the Chad-Cameroon pipeline is a prism, what is wrong with the World Bank's approach? A new book by Bruce Rich, a veteran Bank observer and critic, provides a compelling answer.

Hydropower

Peter Neill | Posted 11.23.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

Fish like alewives, historically essential to the ocean food chain and heretofore threatened, have shown almost instant response to the restoration of the natural passage where once a dam intervened, a natural renewal so essential to their health and proliferation. But what about the dams remaining?

Clean Energy, Safer Rivers, More Fish

Mark Tercek | Posted 08.15.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

For an environmental organization, working with major companies is complicated territory. Some critics view these alliances as consorting with the ene...

How the World Bank Puts Self-interest Before Development

Peter Bosshard | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Peter Bosshard

If they are serious about promoting least-cost solutions to the world's energy and climate crisis, they need to redirect their funds towards institutions that are better equipped to support renewable energy, energy conservation and efficiency improvements.

Manmade Disaster: Floods in Indian Himalayas Are Warning of Future Events

Sunita Narain | Posted 08.23.2013 | World
Sunita Narain

The northern Indian state of Uttarakhand is seeing unprecedented flooding. What we are seeing is challenges of an increasingly climate-risky world; where already ecologically fragile and vulnerable regions are made more vulnerable and more disaster-prone.

Unleashing the Powers of the Wind and The Great Sioux Nation

Sen. Byron Dorgan | Posted 08.14.2013 | Impact
Sen. Byron Dorgan

In joining together to build the largest wind-power installation in the U.S. and the largest economic development project in South Dakota, the Tribes will finally achieve a level of self-determination, self-development and self-reliance that, acting alone, they have not had in the past.

As Belo Monte Dam Project Speeds Up, Indigenous Tribe Feels Pain

Nina Wegner | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Nina Wegner

For over 20 years, the indigenous tribes of the Brazilian Amazon have protested the world's third-largest dam, the Belo Monte. Today, the Belo Monte is reaching peak construction.

Indigenous Demand Meeting with Brazilian President Over Dams

Nina Wegner | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Nina Wegner

Armed with bows, arrows, and heavy wooden clubs, roughly a dozen indigenous men of the Munduruku tribe take shifts guarding the entrance to the construction site of the world's third-largest dam, the Belo Monte.

River Restoration Progress Threatened by Extreme Bill

Wm. Robert Irvin | Posted 12.08.2012 | Green
Wm. Robert Irvin

Communities nationwide are benefiting from efforts to removed unsafe, outdated dams and restore river health. In the U.S., more than 1,100 dams that have outlived their usefulness have been taken down over the past 100 years. The United States is the global leader in river restoration through dam removal.