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China Rivers at the Brink of Collapse

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.26.2014 | 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 03.21.2014 | 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 03.10.2014 | 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.

Dam It, Don't Dam It, Undam It: America's Hydropower Future

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 10.06.2012 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Renewable hydro systems can and will play an important role worldwide in helping us make the transition from fossil fuels to sustainable renewable energy sources. But we must not assume that all hydropower is good.

"Development" With Blinders at the World Bank

Jessica Evans | Posted 09.11.2012 | World
Jessica Evans

Dr. Kim has the opportunity to set a new tone at the Word Bank by sending a firm message that the bank will not condone development by force, directly or indirectly.

Ethiopia: Pastoralists Forced off Their Land for Sugar Plantations

Human Rights Watch | Posted 08.18.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

Watch this video about abuses against the indigenous peoples of Ethiopia's Lower Omo Valley (Nairobi) – The Ethiopian government is forcibly d...

"The Tesseract Is Here!"

Mark Ruffalo | Posted 08.11.2012 | Green
Mark Ruffalo

In The Avengers, everyone is fighting over the Tesseract, a source of unlimited energy. The truth is, the Tesseract is here. The Tesseract for us is the power of wind, water, and sunlight -- natural, clean, and renewable energy resources.

Historic Dam Removal to Benefit Nature and People

Mark Tercek | Posted 08.11.2012 | Green
Mark Tercek

Our work isn't done, but today's removal of the first portion of the Great Works Dam is an important step toward restoring the health of the Penobscot River, widely regarded as our best hope for bringing back endangered Atlantic salmon.

How Rural America Got Fracked

Ellen Cantarow | Posted 07.21.2012 | Green
Ellen Cantarow

Food or frac-sand: it's a decision of vital importance across the country, but one most Americans don't even realize is being made -- largely by multinational corporations and dwindling numbers of yeoman farmers in what some in this country would call "the real America."

Is There a Clean Energy Standard in Our Future?

Bill Chameides | Posted 06.10.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Americans are behind Obama, in the sense that they support the president's concept of a national clean energy standard. But they're also behind, in the sense that the voting public is unwilling to go as far as the president wants to go because of costs.

Kenyan Dam Fighter to Receive Goldman Prize

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.16.2012 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Ikal Angelei receives the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize today. She is defending the interests of 500,000 poor indigenous people against a destructive hydropower dam, and has successfully taken on many of the world's biggest dam builders and financiers.

Mighty Mekong Gets a Reprieve: Destructive Xayaburi Dam Delayed

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.07.2012 | Green
Peter Bosshard

In a crucial decision for the people and ecosystems of the Mekong River Basin, the governments of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam have just agreed to delay the Xayaburi Dam, the first of eleven dams proposed for the Mekong River.

World Bank Hydro Project Exposes Blatant Abuse of Climate Funds

Peter Bosshard | Posted 11.20.2011 | Green
Peter Bosshard

If the World Bank and an Indian power utility have their way, the Rampur hydropower project in Northern India will increase global CO2 emissions by 15 million tons, at a cost of $164 million to unsuspecting energy consumers in Sweden.

This Week in Climate Science: A Triassic Warning, Carbon-Absorbing Forests, and Amazon Dams

David Kroodsma | Posted 09.27.2011 | Green
David Kroodsma

Coral Reefs are in deep trouble due to warming and acidifying oceans, but they may not be in as much danger as previously thought.

Greenwashing Hydropower

Peter Bosshard | Posted 08.16.2011 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Hydropower projects need to be based on a balanced assessment of all available options, the full participation of affected communities, strict social and environmental guidelines, and public oversight.

Don't Sacrifice the Planet's Arteries to Save Her Lungs

Peter Bosshard | Posted 08.14.2011 | Green
Peter Bosshard

A new IPCC report demonstrates that there is a vast potential for energy technologies that have much lower environmental and social impacts than hydro-powered dams.