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International Relations Center: Damming Patagonia's Rivers: A Dirty Energy Business

Friday, May 23, 2008
Originally published by Americas Program, Center for International Policy The Pascua River, in Chilean Patagonia, has many qualities that have kept its stunning, rugged beauty intact and virtually unknown—so far. Only one road leads anywhere near the Pascua, and that's a rough road that takes you to the end of the river's course. To get to the head of the Pascua, because of the impassable terrain along both its sides, you have to backtrack up that lonely road and travel away from the river and into the town of Villa O'Higgins, located near Chile's border with Argentina. There you catch a r

15,000 to be Displaced by Proposed Amazon Dams

Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Another great video about the Xingu Encounter and what's at stake, from the Real News Network.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Chinese Funded Dams in Cambodia Under Fire

Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Carl Middleton, International Rivers' Mekong Program Coordinator, critiques Cambodia's plans to expand electricity production by building nine new hydro electric dams over the next eleven years. He was part of a panel of experts speaking on the subject for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Battling for Water in the Amazon

Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo reports from Altamira, Brazil in this feature on the impacts of the Belo Monte Dam and on the Xingu Encounter 2008.

Radio New Zealand Morning Show: Dams Weakened by Quake in China

Friday, May 16, 2008
Aviva Imhof discusses the Chinese earthquake and its threats to dams in China with New Zealand's equivalent of NPR.

International Rivers on NPR "Marketplace": Quake Puts Focus on China Dam Building

Thursday, May 15, 2008
Aviva Imhof, International Rivers' Campaigns Director talks to Scott Tong of "Marketplace." Marketplace says "Troops have been dispatched to shore up nearly 400 dams damaged by the Sichuan province earthquake. Mother Nature's mostly to blame, but there are worries over human error, too, since China has been exporting its dam-building expertise."

Home Depot in Middle of Patagonian Dam Debate

Sunday, May 18, 2008
Originally published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution Five years after signing an agreement to protect Chile's native forests, Home Depot is being accused by an environmental group of reneging on the spirit of the pledge.The group, International Rivers based in Berkeley, Calif., is asking Home Depot to pressure two of its Chilean wood suppliers to abandon a controversial dam project in Patagonia. The Chilean region is cherished by environmentalists as one of the world's last great wilderness expanses.But Home Depot believes International Rivers is barking up the wrong tree, so to speak.The

NYT: Chinese Soldiers Rush to Bolster Weakened Dams

Thursday, May 15, 2008
Originally published in The New York Times CHENGDU, China — China mobilized 30,000 additional soldiers to the earthquake-shattered expanses of the nation’s southwestern regions on Wednesday — not just to help victims, but also to shore up weakened dams and other elements of the infrastructure whose failure could compound the disaster.Experts said that these dams were built around the well-recognized Longmen Shan fault. They warned that such dams might have sustained damage that could cause them to fail even weeks later.Much depends on efforts to reduce the menacing pressure of water behi

China: Troops Rush to Plug Dam Cracks

Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Originally published on Yahoo News DUJIANGYAN, China - Hundreds of dams around the epicenter of China's earthquake have been damaged and Chinese troops scrambled Wednesday to plug cracks and open sluices to prevent flooding of already devastated communities.The National Development Reform Commission, China's top economic planning body, said the earthquake had damaged 391 dams. It said two of the dams were large ones, 28 were medium-sized and the rest were small ones.The official Xinhua News Agency said 2,000 troops were sent to work on the Zipingpu dam, which lies on about 6 miles up the Min r

Guardian: Kyoto Carbon Trading Strategy Discredited

Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Increasing allegations of corruption and profiteering are raising serious questions about the UN-run carbon trading mechanism aimed at cutting pollution and rewarding clean technologies Originally published in the UK Guardian The world's biggest carbon offset market, the Kyoto Protocol's clean development mechanism (CDM), is run by the UN, and is intended to reduce emissions by rewarding developing countries that invest in clean technologies. In fact, evidence is accumulating that it is increasing greenhouse gas emissions behind the guise of promoting sustainable development. The misguided mec


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