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Guardian (UK): Banks Meet Over £40bn Plan to Harness Power of Congo River and Double Africa's Electricity

An aerial view of the semi-functional Inga dam on the Congo River.
Monday, April 21, 2008
The GuardianApril 21, 2008by John Vidal Seven African governments and the world's largest banks and construction firms meet in London today to plan the most powerful dam ever conceived - an $80bn (£40bn) hydro power project on the Congo river which, its supporters say, could double the amount of electricity available on the continent.G8 and some African governments hope that the Grand Inga dam in the Democratic Republic of Congo will generate twice as much electricity as the world's current largest dam, the Three Gorges in China, and jump start industrial development on the continent, bringin

China: New Dam Builder for the World

Friday, December 28, 2007
The Wall Street Journal December 28 2007 By Shai Oster December 28, 2007 — Home to almost half of the world’s 45,000 biggest dams, China has embarked on a push to export its hydropower know-how to developing countries — even as it contends with environmental damage and social upheaval at home from the massive Three Gorges Dam. Many other countries and international organizations have begun to shy away from dam building. But Chinese companies and banks are now involved in billions of dollars worth of deals to construct at least 47 major dams in 27 countries, including Sudan and

Guardian (UK): Patagonia in Peril

Friday, March 14, 2008 Patagonia is the southernmost triangle of South America, straddling Argentina and Chile, one of the last wildernesses to be conquered by modern man. Westerners have long regarded the region an empty place, a land of myths, a refuge from the world. Back in the 1970s, Bruce Chatwin wrote that it was one of the few places that would be safe in the event of a third world war. But French cultural commentator Juan Baudrillard has pointed out that the "end of the world" fantasy that sells Patagonia to explorers and tou

"Stop Patagonia Dams" says The New York Times

Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Now that The New York Times - an international opinion leader - has taken a stand, your action to stop the dams will have much more impact. Please read the editorial and take action to help us in the fight to protect the Baker and Pascua rivers in Patagonia. You can help prevent the damming of Patagonia's pristine rivers: Tell the corporations involved to leave the Baker and Pascua rivers alone! Patagonia Without DamsThe New York Times, EditorialApril 1, 2008Recently, environmental activists and local residents gathered near the small Chilean town of Cochrane to protest a plan to build a serie

An Encounter with Chile's Powerful Pascua

The Pascua: A River is Born
Monday, February 4, 2008 The Pascua: A River is Born There is a place in far southern Chile, in the remote region of Aysén, where the long road south – the famed Carreterra Austral – simply comes to an end. Beyond lies a magical and uninhabited land where the earthly elements combine in a breathtaking though at once intimidating mosaic of mountains, glaciers, lakes and fjords. Home to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the largest in the world outside of Antarctica and Greenland, the region also boasts one of Chil

Green Millions for Patagonia Campaign

Sunday, October 28, 2007
They love to raft down the Futaleufú River and fish in the Baker. They travel around the planet, looking for arenas to challenge those mega-projects that threaten the environment. Aaron Sanger, Jacob Scherr, Robert Kennedy Jr., Alan and Donald Weeden and Douglas Tompkins, among others, are building a million-dollar battle.“We’ll get the money we need to win this battle”, assures Aaron Sanger, the attorney recruited by NGO International Rivers Network (IRN) to lead their crusade against the HidroAysén powerplants. "We have enough funds to get into this, and many foundations have already

Dam the Consequences

Thursday, July 11, 2002
Building yet another dam could threaten an ages-old engineering marvel in Sichuan and a key part of China's heritage. But the project is going ahead as authorities smother public debate on its impact. By David Murphy/DUJIANGYAN, SICHUAN PROVINCE Far Eastern Economic Review ON A SPRING AFTERNOON in western China's Sichuan province, explosions echo across a steep-sided valley, dust plumes rise and trucks loaded with earth ply one side of the valley floor. All this is part of what is becoming the most controversial power project in China since the massive Three Gorges dam b

The International Rivers Strategy to Stop Patagonia Dams

Sunday, October 7, 2007
"I am going to coordinate the campaign to defend Patagonia from the US where this and the European market will be the focus," explains Aaron Sanger, the lawyer (50) from International Rivers Network that will lead the initiatives against the hydroelectric centers in Aysen. He is visiting in Chile to meet with other NGOs and to coordinate activities. Here he became known when he was director of the environmental corporate action program for ForestEthics-where he worked seven and one-half years-and achieved CMPC's and Celulosa Arauco's commitments to protect native fores

Support Of Patagonia Dam Project Will Come At A Very High Cost, Says U.S. NGO

Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Opponents of a plan to build five large hydroelectric dams in Region XI are welcoming a new partner in their campaign to protect Chile's majestic, glacier-fed rivers in the southern Chile area known as Aysén. This week, an influential U.S. environmental group called ForestEthics joined the fray with a stern warning to two of Chile's largest economic groups: the Matte and Angelini consortiums. The Matte Group is a majority owner of Colbún, a Chilean energy company that, together with Spanish electricity giant Endesa, is planning to build five dams in Region XI - three on the Pascu

Gates Fail on Big Brazilian Dam

Wednesday, July 5, 2006
A diversion tunnel for recently built dam in Brazil failed during the last week in June, causing an uncontrolled release of the water from the huge upstream reservoir. The failure caused no loss of life and contractors assert that the dam’s main structure is intact, but the event is raising alarms from international environmental groups and sparking concerns about additional delays in the project, which is already well behind schedule. The 626–foot (202–meter) Campos Novos dam in the Santa Catarina region of southern Brazil is the world’s third tallest concrete–fa


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