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Fight to Save Key Mekong Rapids Not Over | The Bangkok Post

A fisherman guides his boat through the Khon Pi Luang rapid in the Mekong River in Chiang Rai.
Monday, November 6, 2017
Environmentalists have pledged not to lower their guard against attempts to clear rapids on the Mekong River for better shipping navigation.

The Sambor Dam Is a Tragic Mistake for Cambodia | Earth Island Journal

The Mekong River is threatened by a mega-dam project in the Sambor District, one of 11 large hydropower dams planned for the river's lower mainstream.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
The planned Sambor Dam threatens fish populations and food security in the Lower Mekong River basin, where child malnutrition is endemic and the river keeps poverty and hunger at bay for millions. Local residents share why they must protect their mother river.

Dam Projects Require Serious Debate | The Bangkok Post

Before proceeding with more dams and projects like the planned coal-fired plant at Krabi (above) Thailand's Electricity Regulatory Commission must revisit changing demands for future energy.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
A review of Thailand's energy plans reveals an abundant electricity supply that vastly exceeds demand. So in the midst of this energy glut, why are we pushing hard to build more problematic hydroelectric dams in our neighbours' territories?

International Rivers Protects the World’s Richest Resources | Reward Expert

Friday, September 8, 2017
This article originally appeared on Step into many major cities of the world, and chances are there will be a river at its heart. Think about the Hudson in New York, the Thames in London, the Danube in Vienna, the Nile in Cairo, the Han in Seoul and so on. But rivers are not just important to big cities. Healthy, vibrant rivers are also critical to rural communities, and many of these smaller rivers particularly in Africa, Asia and Latin America, are endangered. That’s where International Rivers comes in. The Berkeley, California-based organization works to preserve and p

International Rivers Condemns Arrest of Indian Activist

Protesters in Chikalda.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
International Rivers strongly condemns the arrest of the celebrated Indian activist Medha Patkar and calls for her immediate release.

HydroCalculator: New, Free, Online Tool Helps Citizens Assess Dams | Mongabay

The Tucuruí dam spillway on Brazil’s Tocantins River. Greenhouse gas emissions from dams include amounts released when water is aerated in turbines and spillways, but this carbon source has not yet been figured into the HydroCalculator, making the tool’s current emissions estimates conservative.
Monday, August 7, 2017
This article was originally published on Mongabay. With mega-dams planned globally, especially in the Amazon and Mekong, the Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF), an NGO, has developed a new free tool for evaluating a planned dam’s economic viability, greenhouse gas emissions and more.The HydroCalculator estimates the net economic value of a proposed dam, with and without the cost of greenhouse gas emissions factored in, number of years required before a project generates a profit, and years until net emissions become negative.The tool has been used by CSF, International Rivers, and a developm

In Cambodia, Holdouts Fight a Rising Tide | Devex

Yun Lorang, secretary-coordinator of the Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Alliance, holds a meeting with residents and visitors in Kbal Romeas village.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
As the waters rise behind Lower Sesan II Dam in Cambodia, villagers struggle with the future.

We Are Made of the Sacred!

Munduruku people confirm they will return to occupy dam construction sites in the Amazon if indigenous rights continue to be violated
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
This article originally appeared on Medium. Munduruku people confirm they will return to occupy dam construction sites in the Amazon if indigenous rights continue to be violated A mobilization of the Munduruku people, which began two months ago by women concerned with defending sacred places and indigenous rights and led to an occupation of the construction site of the São Manoel hydroelectric dam project, ended on Friday, July 21st. The Munduruku, however, have made it clear that their struggle continues. For four days, approximately 200 Munduruku, including warriors and leaders of both

Global Megadam Activism and the Sounds of Nature in Taiwan | Mongabay

A Teles Pires River dam construction site. The four dams located there are part of the Tapajós Complex, a series of more than 40 dams to be constructed in the Tapajós Basin as part of the Tapajós Complex, an industrial waterway for moving soy to the Atlantic Coast.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
This week, Mongabay's podcast features our communications director talking about threats facing the world's rivers and river communities. Listen in!

Letter | Civil Society Tells Argentine Congress Why Dams on the Santa Cruz River Are a Bad Idea

The Santa Cruz River.
Monday, July 24, 2017
The Santa Cruz River. Fernando de Gorocica, via Wikimedia Commons On July 19, 2017, a large group civil society organizations submitted a letter to Argentinean decision-makers detailing their concerns about the Kirchner-Cepernic Hydroelectric Complex (KCHC), a hydroelectric project proposed for the Santa Cruz River. The Santa Cruz River is one of the last, largest free-flowing rivers in Argentina. Its originates from two glacial lakes, Viedma and Argentino, in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981. The Kirchner-Cepernic Complex w


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