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Greed and Resistance in Sarawak's Rainforest

Peter Bosshard | Posted 12.18.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The greed and corruption of a small clique are now turning Sarawak's rainforests into a monoculture of oil palms and hydropower reservoirs. Lukas Straumann documents the local politics, international complicity and desperate resistance in the struggle over one of the world's last paradises.

US Congress Sets Strict Limits on Global Dam Funding

Peter Bosshard | Posted 12.10.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The Congressional criteria reflect the lessons of past experience with large dams. If taken seriously, they will stop the worst project from going forward, and can improve the projects that still get built.

The Hidden Hand Behind 'Natural' Disasters

Peter Bosshard | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Floods and droughts in many parts of the world are getting ever more frequent and intense. Scientists have long warned that a changing climate is making such weather events more extreme. What is often neglected in the public debate is that the impacts of climate change on flood and drought disasters are exacerbated by environmental destruction.

The Last Undammed River in the Sierra Madre Occidental Is Under Threat

Jaime Rojo L. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Green
Jaime Rojo L.

Despite obvious public opposition and scientific and legal recommendations, Mexico's Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources approved the construction of the Las Cruces dam in mid-September of this year.

A Health Check-up for Our Environment -- Ignored at Our Own Risk

Peter Bosshard | Posted 11.14.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The Chinese river dolphin has disappeared before our eyes within only two generations. Will we change course before other branches on the tree of life die off? It would be foolish to assume that we can somehow maintain our prosperity and our very future without the rich biodiversity on Planet Earth.

What Does California's Proposition 1 Really Say?

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Voters should not expect immediate relief from Proposition 1 for the impacts of the current drought; nor should they expect these funds to be the last investment that is needed for better institutions, smarter planning, and more effective water management strategies. It can be, at best, a down payment on our water future.

Coalition of the Willing: Cleaning up a Dam[n] Mess

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 12.18.2014 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

Scientists believe steelhead are more likely to survive climate change without the dam. Creek water temperatures will increase along with air temperature, possibly exceeding the steelhead's tolerance range.

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.

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.

10 Things You Should Know About Dams

Peter Bosshard | Posted 07.27.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Dams are not climate-neutral. Particularly in the tropics, organic matter rotting in their reservoirs emits methane, an aggressive greenhouse gas.

Life-Giving Deltas Starved by Dams

Peter Bosshard | Posted 07.23.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Our deltas are literally sinking, shrinking and in grave a peril, and some may not survive in the coming years. This will impact millions of people, major food producing regions as well as valuable ecosystems.

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...

Tax a Cola, Save the Planet

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 05.26.2014 | Green
Jeff Ritterman, MD

A simple policy change like the Soda Tax can help us waste less water, lower our GHG production, and lessen the pollution of our air, water and soil. It's a win-win-win: a win for the environment, a win for our children, and a win for our communities.

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.

World Bank Hands Africa's Biggest Dam Project Over to the Private Sector

Peter Bosshard | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Working with a Chinese company, the Bank now plans to develop the dam as a private investment through the International Finance Corporation (IFC), rather than as a public project. This is bad news for poor people and the environment in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congress Takes Landmark Decision for Rivers and Rights

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The World Bank is eager to re-engage in large dam projects around the world, and other financiers are following in its wake. The US Congress has now poured cold water on these plans.

A New Approach to the Global Power Crisis

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Peter Bosshard

Development finance has focused on big power plants that destroy the environment and bypass the rural poor. This week civil society groups are making a push for a new approach to the global energy crisis.

Voice of Water: How Mike O'Malley Is Speaking up for the Appleton Wetland

Alexandra Cousteau | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Alexandra Cousteau

Haggard maple trees have fallen or lay dead as far as the eye can see. I can tell that something is deeply wrong with this wetland.

The Resurgence Of Hydroelectric Power?

AP | DAVID PITT | Posted 11.12.2013 | Green

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — On a typical summer weekend, hundreds of boats glide across the shimmering surface of Iowa's Lake Red Rock, the state's larg...

We Don't Negotiate Life: The Defense of Indigenous Lands and Waters in Honduras

Beverly Bell | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Beverly Bell and Tory Field September 9, 2013 At stake throughout Honduras, as throughout the world, are indigenous lands, forests, water, mineral...

DEFENDING INDIGENOUS LANDS AND WATERS IN HONDURAS: THE CASE OF RIO BLANCO

Beverly Bell | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Beverly Bell and Tory Field Part 29 of the Harvesting Justice series. On September 12, Berta Caceres, Tomás Gomez, and Aureliano Molina, leaders...

"THEY FEAR US BECAUSE WE'RE FEARLESS": RECLAIMING INDIGENOUS LANDS AND STRENGTH IN HONDURAS

Beverly Bell | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Beverly Bell and Tory Field "Honduras has been known for two things only: being a military base for the [contra] attacks on the Nicaraguan revolut...

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...