To Save Amazonia, There is Another Way

Wind turbine
Wind turbine Archive Brazil's electric sector says the country's energy future hinges on damming the rivers of Amazonia. But the Amazon could be protected and people's energy needs met through aggressive investment in energy efficiency and true renewables such as biomass, small hydro, solar and wind. A study by WWF-Brazil published in 2007 showed that by 2020 Brazil could cut the expected demand for electricity by 40% through investments in energy efficiency. The power saved would be equivalent to 60 Angra III nuclear plants or 14 Belo Monte hydroelectric plants. This would result in nationa

Soluções para a Amazônia

Veja o Manifesto da Sociedade Brasileira de Ictiologia sobre a importância da conservação dos grandes bagres do rio Madeira.

Energy Solutions for South Asia

In South Asia, the demand for electricity is growing rapidly. At the same time, countries in the region have some of the highest electricity transmission and distribution losses globally. Reducing those losses could provide significant amounts of additional electricity. India's electricity grid is known for its huge transmission and distribution losses of between 35% and 45%. The World Bank says that for Pakistan, "reducing electricity transmission and distribution losses are more cost-effective measures for reducing the demand-supply imbalances than adding generation capacity&quo

Berkshire Hathaway Sustainability Report Resolution

Monday, April 13, 2009
International Rivers, together with the International Labor Rights Forum, is urging shareholders in Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Corp. to support a resolution requesting company management to produce a sustainability report.  The letter sent to the leading shareholder advisory services by International Rivers and ILRF can be downloaded below. The letter to shareholders supports a resolution submitted by an individual shareholder, which calls upon Berkshire Hathaway to join the majority of the world’s biggest companies that already file sustainability reports under the guideline

"The Klamath River Basin: Decline and Restoration," by Jacques Leslie

Klamath tribes and allies protest at hydro industry conference in Portland, Oregon. Aug. 2006.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Klamath tribes and allies protest at hydro industry conference in Portland, Oregon. Aug. 2006. Patrick McCully/International Rivers Essay written by California writer Jacques Leslie in 2007 for the forthcoming multimedia exhibit, "Water, Rivers and People." Compared to most other rivers, the Klamath is geographically backwards— it originates in marshes in high Oregon desert and descends through canyons near its Northern California mouth— and its length, a mere 254 miles, is barely a tenth of the Mississippi’s. Thanks to a constantly shifting sand bar at its Pacific Ocean

International Rivers' new home

The Brower Center’s design features include: Built using 53% recycled materials; Photovoltaic panels that will double as a sun shade device; 100% daylighting of all office areas; Collection and reuse of rainwater for irrigation and toilet flushing; Extremely low-energy mechanical systems using radiant heating and cooling within the building’s concrete structural slabs; Solar shading devices on all south-facing windows; High-efficiency lighting with automatic controls to limit use when adequate daylight is available; Concrete with slag to significantly reduce CO2 and cem

Energy Solutions That Protect the Zambezi

Dams on the Zambezi have devastated the environment and increased poverty for millions of people affected by their hydrological changes, but done little to improve access to modern energy services for the region’s poor majority. Yet despite the poor record of dams in Southern Africa, the Mozambican government’s energy plan is heavily hydropower-dependent, at a time when climate change is making hydropower more risky and the wise use of water resources even more critical. The Zambezi is, even more than most of Africa's major rivers, thought to be extremely vulnerable to climate change.

Share a Moving Experience with International Rivers!

The David Brower Center
We're hosting a lunch to thank our supporters who made our move possible. The David Brower Center Where: Our new home at the David Brower Center When: Friday, June 5, 2009; Doors open at noon What: Lunch and a short program to thank our supporters and give an update on our project to bring together over 200 leaders from dam-affected communities to strategize, learn from one another, and energize the global movement for healthy rivers and human rights. So, update your address book, mark your calendar and come and see us at our new home. International Rivers 2150 Allston Way, S

Media Coverage of WWF5

AFP Turkey deports two activists over water demo March 18, 2009 MSNBC World Bank appeals for water investment By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA updated 7:25 a.m. PT, Tues., March. 17, 2009 Noticias.Terra.Com Foro Mundial del Agua: militante ecologista alemana expulsada de 18/3/2009 - 15:29(GMT) AlJazeera Univision Foro Mundial del Agua: militante ecologista alemana expulsada de 18 de Marzo de 2009, 10:49am ET Hurriyet Two water activists detained, deported March 18, 2009 Hurriyet Water cheapest way

Ikal Angelei, Friends of Lake Turkana, Kenya

websites: Friends of Lake Turkana and Turkana Basin Institute email: Personal background Ms. Ikal Angelei is Program Coordinator for Friends of Lake Turkana, Kenya, which works to stop plans to build the Gibe 3 Dam in Ethiopia. NGO, movement or network Friends of Lake Turkana (FoLT) is a community association formed in 2008 in response to threats to the viability of the world's largest permanent desert lake in northwestern Kenya and south-western Ethiopia. FoLT's membership consists of people from the Lake Turkana region, where an estimated 300,00


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