Making Your Voice Heard: A Citizen's Guide to the CDM

Monday, April 20, 2009
This presentation gives a general background to the CDM, goes through the entire CDM process step-by-step, points out opportunities for input from stakeholders and the public, and gives suggestions for writing comments. Download the pdf of the citizen's guide in English and Spanish.

Analysis of the Waxman-Markey Draft

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Analysis by International Rivers and Rainforest Action Network of the first draft of the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

Relatório Preliminar sobre o Inventário Hidrelétrico da Bacia do Tapajós

São Luiz Rapids, Tapajós River
Friday, June 5, 2009
São Luiz Rapids, Tapajós River Photo by EletronorteEletronorte, Camargo Correa, e CNEC preparam o inventário hidrelétrico do rio Tapajós, a primeira etapa na construção das hidrelétricas. 1. Estão previstas 7 hidrelétricas - São Luiz do Tapajós (6133 MW), Jatobá (2338 MW), e Chocorão (3336 MW) no rio Tapajós, e Cachoeira do Caí (802 MW), Jamanxim (881 MW), Cachoeira dos Patos (528 MW), e Jardim do Ouro (227 MW) no rio Jamanxim. O total da capacidade instalado seria de 14.245 MW (veja número 2 abaixo). 2. O plano inicial seria a construção da usina São Luiz a montante das c

Preliminary Report on the Tapajós Basin Hydroelectric Inventory

São Luiz Rapids, Tapajós River
Friday, June 5, 2009
São Luiz Rapids, Tapajós River Photo by EletronorteHydroelectric inventories in Brazil are prepared as the initial step toward construction of series of dams. They identify the "best" sites for damming, initially in engineering terms, and then incorporating cost/benefit analyses, and lastly some environmental indicators. The Tapajós River is one of the principal tributaries of the Amazon. Inventories have already been carried out for its upper tributaries, the Teles Pires and Juruena Rivers, where multiple dams are also being planned. 1. Seven large dams are being planned for the

Hoodwinked in the Hothouse

Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Rising Tide North America's 20-page pamphlet -- "Hoodwinked in the Hothouse" -- covers topics as diverse as Clean Coal, Agrofuels, Geoengineering, Megadams, Carbon Offsets and over a dozen other non-solutions to the climate crisis, all in concise, colorfully illustrated and information packed essays.

Looking Back to Move Forward: Problems with the Current CDM

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Presentation given by Christian Holz, PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, on behalf of International Rivers at a symposium held by Friends of the Earth Japan. Download the pdf or powerpoint versions.

Social and Environmental Standards for Large Dams

Friday, December 19, 2008
Comparing the Strategic Priorities and Policy Principles of the World Commission on Dams, the Sustainability Guidelines and Sustainability Protocol of the International Hydropower Associaion, and the Performance Standards of the World Bank's International Finance Corporation

Xiaoxi and Xiaogushan CDM Hydropower Projects: Report from a Field Trip

Thursday, November 27, 2008
EU legislation known as the Linking Directive states that CDM credits from hydropower projects larger than 20MW can only be used in the European Emissions Trading System (ETS) if the projects comply with the recommendations of the World Commission on Dams (WCD). The German government has taken the lead on establishing a process for assessing WCD compliance of CDM hydropower projects. The government requires German companies that intend to buy CDM large hydro credits for use in the ETS to commission a third party to assess WCD compliance. German power utility RWE, one of the biggest CO2


Friday, December 1, 2006
日益重要的中国进出口银行 在中国,大约占世界五分之一的人口依靠仅仅占世界7%的耕地生活。这个国家的石油、木料和矿产资源储量也都上足以支撑其快速发展的经济。外国投资和贸易合作有助于保障中国获得其本土缺乏的资源。出口也有助于克朊因中国农村的迅速变化而导致的持久就业危机。[1] 按照其“开放”战略,中国于2001年加入了世界贸易组织(WTO)。此后,中国的对外贸易每年增长20%。并预期在2006年或2007年成为继美国之后的世界第

Power Surge: The Impacts of Rapid Dam Development in Laos

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Laos has declared it a national priority to catalyze the country's development through the rapid construction of large dams that export high-risk hydropower to neighboring Thailand and Vietnam. With six big dams already in operation, seven currently under construction, at least 12 more in the works and development deals pending on another 35, Laos is in the midst of an unprecedented dam-building boom. A new report from International Rivers, Power Surge, chronicles the social and environmental debt created by this boom. Power Surge's 11 in-depth case studies reveal that Lao villagers are being


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