Western Regional Climate Legislation

California Capitol Building
California Capitol Building © 2005 David Monniaux As California and the Western US develop their own global warming programs, carbon offsets, and the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in particularly, have been proposed as a cost-containment mechanism for industries transitioning into cleaner technologies. International Rivers works with local state partners like the Western Climate Advocates Network to warn against the impacts and abuses of the CDM, and to promote solutions that benefit local communities rather than rewarding polluters. Western Climate Initiative Carbon of

The CDM: Kyoto's Carbon Offsetting Scheme

Allain Duhangan Dam in Himachal Pradesh, India
Allain Duhangan Dam in Himachal Pradesh, India Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter, 2009 International Rivers’ experience in monitoring CDM projects has shown many serious flaws in its theory and application. Project proposal documents are marred by misleading and often patently false claims. International Rivers and others have explained these problems in numerous comments on specific hydro projects submitted during the CDM project approval process. Fudges, Fraud and Storytelling Many of the projects proposed (and many of those approved) for CDM credits are “non-additional.” This means that th

Marcha Nacional Chile Sin + Represas

Marcha Nacional con más de 2000 personas en todo Chile
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Marcha Nacional con más de 2000 personas en todo Chile D.R. CDP El sábado el 29 de agosto hubo la primera manifestación al nivel nacional en Chile en defensa de los ríos. Desde Caleta Tortel y Villa O'Higgins en la Patagonia, hasta la capital de Santiago más de 2000 kilometros al norte, habían marchas organizadas en 15 ciudades. El objetivo de la marcha nacional fue exigir un nuevo modelo de protección para los ríos al largo del país que están amenezados por los grandes proyectos de represas y lineas de transmisión--incluyendo un rechazo total del proyecto HidroAysén. Por ejemplo

U.S. Climate Legislation

2 billion offsets are allowed in the both the House and Senate bills
2 billion offsets are allowed in the both the House and Senate bills On May 21, 2009, the Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 2454, "The American Clean Energy and Security Act" (ACES), by a vote of 33 to 25. The House of Representatives passed H.R. 2454 by a vote of 219-212 on June 26, 2009. This legislation, introduced by Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Edward J. Markey, seeks to create millions of new clean energy jobs, save consumers hundreds of billions of dollars in energy costs, enhance America's energy independence, and cut global warming pollution. The legi

Three Gorges Dam: Through the Lens of the Artist

"Fishing," Chongqing
From professionals to amateurs, the Yangtze River has captured the attention of hundreds of photographers and artists. Since the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, the Yangtze River has achieved even greater fame (or infamy). To some, the dam is an engineering marvel, but to many others, it represents a destruction of natural beauty and the devastation of hundreds of traditional homes and livelihoods. Whether the artist was trying to capture the daily experiences of displaced communities or Man's desire to tame nature's wildness, one thing is for certain: through the lens

Africa Partner Organizations

Members of ARN
Members of ARN Across Africa, activists have worked to stop destructive large dams, propose better alternatives, and protect the rights of affected people. Many of these groups have worked together as part of the African Rivers Network, the first continent-wide movement of dam-affected people and their allies. International Rivers works with groups in many parts of Africa, supporting their efforts to protect the region's rivers and the people who depend on them. Here we highlight some of our recent key partnerships. Southern AfricaInternational Rivers' efforts on the continent began in sou

Comments Submitted on CDM Hydro Projects

Sort by dam projectLast update: July 2011 Bonyic Hydroelectric Project (Panama) Current Status: At Validation Baba Multipurpose Dam (Ecuador) Current Status: Validation Terminated Changuinola 1 Large Hydro Project (Panama) Current Status: Validation Terminated Jorethang Loop Dam (India) Current Status: Registered on 28 February 2008 Tala Dam (Bhutan) Current Status: Validation Terminated Bujagali Dam (Uganda) Current Status: Registered on 30 December 2011 Baglihar Hydropower Project (India) Current Status: Validation Terminated Teesta VI Hydroelectric P

Visit Patagonia to Protect its Rivers

Image courtesy of Vaya Adventures
Image courtesy of Vaya Adventures Have you ever wanted to raft down one of Chilean Patagonia's wild rivers, trek across glaciers, and hike through pristine forests? Do you crave an eco-tourism adventure that saves rivers and communities? Here's your chance! Our friends at Vaya Adventures are organizing a trip to the region (February 26 to March 12, 2010) as a fundraiser to support our work to protect Patagonia's rivers – and you're invited! Your participation in this exciting trip will help protect the rivers of Patagonia for future generations by raising crucial fu

Help keep the Topo River wild and free-flowing!

Topo River
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The Topo River, in the Ecuadorian Amazon, is an exceptional free-flowing river that forms part of an ecological corridor recognized for its outstanding biodiversity by the WWF as a Topo River Dan Dixon "Gift to the Earth." The river is an important destination for whitewater kayaking and provides critical habitat for torrent ducks, river otters, and many threatened endemic plant species. The Ecuadorian government wants to dam the Topo River to generate electricity. The dam will cause permanent impacts to the integrity of the Topo watershed with the construction of new access r

Spreadsheet Showing Impacts of Offsets Upon ACES Targets

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
This spreadsheet shows the impact upon the targets in the Waxman-Markey climate bill of allowing pulluters to use up to two billion offsets every year to meet emission reduction obligations. The bill is formally known as the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES). It was introduced by Representatives Waxman (D-CA) and Markey (D-MA).


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