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China’s CDM (Hydro) Projects in Hot Water

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Originally published in The Asia Water Project The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), created under the Kyoto Protocol, allows developed countries to push their emission-reduction responsibilities onto developing countries. In theory, instead of reducing emissions domestically, developed countries get to save money by buying emission-reduction credits rather than cutting their own emissions, and developing countries get the proceeds to fund clean development projects Unfortunately, the program has been a flop. Many of the credits don't represent actual avoided pollution. A project must pr

Ethiopia Dam Blot on China's Record

Monday, June 7, 2010
Originally published in the South China Morning Post The tale of two dams in Africa - one under construction, the other completed - captures two starkly differing sides to China's image as a major player in the development of hydropower around the world. The Gibe 3 Dam in Ethiopia, now under construction by Italian hydropower developer Salini Costruttori, is the target of international lobbyists opposed to what they say is the devastating environmental consequences it will have. Funding to cover the full US$1.75 billion construction of the project has not yet been secured, and against a b

Laos Struggles With Dam Dilemma

Sunday, October 19, 2008
KHAMMOUANE, Oct 20, 2008 (IPS) - The Lao government places great hopes on plans to build hydroelectric dams to generate electricity for the country and to sell to neighbouring Thailand. But for residents along the Hinboun River in the central province of Khammouane, the reality has been different. read more...

Along With Power, Questions Flow at Laos's New Dam

Friday, April 23, 2010
By Richard StoneThe start-up of one of Southeast Asia's biggest hydropower dams haslaunched a new round of debate over how much damage the megaprojectmight inflict on the environment.Backers led by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) saythat the $1.5 billion Nam Theun 2 (NT2) dam in central Laos hasalready taken its most severe toll on the environment: Filling thereservoir in 2008 involved resettling 6200 people and inundating 450square kilometers of the Nakai Plateau. But critics say that theecological harm has only just begun. "NT2 will lead to very seriousimpacts" for more

Amazon hydro plants among most polluting in the world

Thursday, April 22, 2010
Letter to the Editor, Printed in The Financial Times Sir, You report that the alternative to building the massive Belo Monte dam in the Amazon “might be to build more thermal coal plants” (“Brazil rejects protests and pushes ahead with Amazon power plan”, April 19). This is exactly what the Brazilian government wants people to believe, and it's not true. Brazil has bountiful alternative energy sources. Studies have shown that by investing in energy efficiency Brazil could avoid the need for as many as 14 Belo Monte dams and save billions of dollars in the process. Brazil

Tendrá Temacapulín atención municipal

Monday, March 15, 2010
This article was published on Anuncian el Tercer Encuentro Internacional de Afectados por las Presas y sus Aliados, Ríos para la Vida 3 Grupo Reforma/Mural/16-03-10 Se reunieron el Comité Salvemos Temacapulín, Acasico y Palmarejo, el Movimiento Mexicano de Afectados por las Presas y en Defensa de los Ríos (Mapder) y la Red Latinoamericana de Afectados por Represas, para lanzar la campaña Los Ojos del Mundo Están Puestos en Temaca. Denunciaron que hace algunos días se cerró el acceso a la cortina y que hay retenes que impiden el paso a la población, acciones que s

Anuncia Imdec apoyo internacional a los habitantes de Temacapulín

Monday, March 15, 2010
This article was published on La Jornada Jalisco Encuentro Mundial de Afectados por las Presas se llevará a cabo en este poblado Pese a la suspensión que concedió un juez, continúan las obras de El Zapotillo, denuncian Los habitantes de Temacapulín, Acasico y Palmarejo, sobre cuyas poblaciones pende la amenaza de una inundación por la construcción de la presa El Zapotillo, recibirán el apoyo del movimiento Ríos Internacionales que difundirá la oposición al proyecto en más de 60 países en el III Encuentro Internacional de Afectados por las Presas y sus Aliados a celebrarse del prim

La lucha de Temaca llegará a 60 países

Monday, March 15, 2010
This article was published on Milenio Online Además de la ofensiva legal que sostienen desde el fuero común y federal, los moradores de los poblados alteños amenazados por las aguas de la presa El Zapotillo recurrirán al viejo instrumento de las democracias representativas, la opinión pública, pero llevado a niveles globales, por obra de las nuevas tecnologías, para denunciar los abusos de que aseguran ser objeto por parte de los gobiernos mexicano y jalisciense, con la campaña Los Ojos del Mundo Están Puestos en Temaca. El movimiento no gubernamental Red Internacional de Ríos se com

Organizan encuentro internacional por Temacapulín

Monday, March 15, 2010
This article was published on Organismos internacionales respaldarán al pueblo en su resistencia a la construcción de la Presa El Zapotillo mediante el evento GUADALAJARA, JALISCO.- "Los ojos del mundo están puestos en Temaca", es el lema del tercer Encuentro Internacional de Afectados por las Presas y sus Aliados, que se realizará del 1 al 7 de octubre en esta localidad del municipio de Cañadas de Obregón, ya que es un caso emblemático por su resistencia a la construcción de la Presa El Zapotillo. En los últimos días, representantes de la organi

Laos Hydropower Project Deprives Villagers of Water, Food, Income

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
AlterNet Back in November, I visited Navan Tai village on the Xe Bang Fai River in Laos. The morning sun shone down on a bustle of activity. The surface was scattered with small fishing boats as people cast nets into the sparkling waters. Women and children were bathing, while a couple of young boys showed off daring dives.Last month I returned, but the morning scene had completely changed. There were no fishing boats to be seen. The riverbank was underwater and nobody was bathing.Locals told me the water level had increased by 2.5 metres over the past two days. Why? Because on March 15, the N


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