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Manbasia - a displaced Forest dweller, Jharia. Photo: Sarah Stirk.

In the New India, 'development' is armed robbery

Graham Peebles

10th February 2014

India is in the grips of a state-backed corporate war against the environment, the poor and indigenous peoples, writes Graham Peebles. The new rulers avert their gaze as their countrymen, doused in poverty, burn on the party pyre. more...

Controversial El Quimbo dam risks becoming 'Colombia’s Belo Monte'

Amy Lieberman

16th March, 2012

A growing movement of fishing communities, miners and farmers are stepping up their campaign against the dam - one of dozens of hydroelectric projects looming across Colombia - despite violent repression of some protests more...
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Climate hotspot: sea level rise threatens millions in Mekong Delta rice belt

Ecologist

20th January, 2012

Some 60 million people depend on the Mekong River for their livelihoods but sea level rise and severe weather puts the area at risk, as Gratianne Quade's unique film shows more...
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Xayaburi dam divides Laos and stirs tension over Mekong hydropower

Brendan Brady

30th September, 2011

Supporters of a controversial dam in one of Asia's poorest countries say it will bring huge economic benefits. Critics say it could threaten fisheries and rice cultivation, threatening the livelihoods of millions. Brendan Brady reports from Laos
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The Three Gorges Dam

Resettlement fears over China's South-North water transfer project

Ecologist

31st August, 2010

Biggest engineering project in Chinese history could repeat failures of Three Gorges Dam, with significant pressure on ecosystems and fisheries from the resettlement of 300,000 people more...
Amazon dams

Rapid growth in Amazon dams brought home by online map

Ecologist

25th August, 2010

New website details more than 140 planned or operating hydropower projects in the Amazon basin more...
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Global rise in hydroelectric dams threatens tribal peoples

Ecologist

10th August, 2010

A new wave of hydropower projects is under way in the quest for clean renewable energy but tribal and indigenous peoples continue to be ignored by those pushing through the plans more...
Map of area directly impacted by Belo Monte Dam

Brazil to build world's third largest dam in Amazon

Ecologist

2nd February, 2010

Environmental groups say the Belo Monte dam project would devastate a large area of the Amazon rainforest and threaten the survival of indigenous peoples more...
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Is a reef better than a barrage for the Severn?

Peter Bunyard

10th February, 2009

The Severn Estuary, earmarked as a potentially huge source of energy, has been met with increasing concerns over serious environmental damage. A report from 2008 by Frontier Economics found that justification for the Severn Barrage is slim - both economically speaking and on environmental grounds. Peter Bunyard takes a look at an innovative solution that has similarities with a tidal reef. more...
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Study shows worms can develop pesticide resistance in as little as 80 days

Ecologist

2nd February, 2009

The pesticide industry knows all too well that nature quickly develops immunity to its chemical armoury. But a new study by scientists at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia (IGC) and the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon, in Portugal has shown that a species of worm can develop resistance to a common pesticide in just 20 generations, or 80 days. more...
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Problems with renewables - land wars

Paul Kingsnorth

1st April, 2008

Renewables good, fossil fuels bad... unless, of course, renewables begin to take up more and more land in order to meet our energy needs. Paul Kingsnorth adds fuel to a tricky debate. more...
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Concerns raised over Scottish hydropower

News

18th October, 2007

Public bodies in Scotland are agonising over the expansion of hydroelectric power schemes, weighing the benefits of clean power against the environmental damage caused by tapping water-courses. more...

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Dam Busters?

David L. Price, Mr DeVries

8th July, 2004

This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, State of Michigan. more...
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People Power

Jeremy Smith

1st June, 2004

The community of Machynlleth has gone beyond just investing in someone else’s wind turbine. They’ve clubbed together and planned, built and paid for one of their own. more...
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A thirst for power: China in Tibet

Lynne O’Donnell

1st June, 2004

Since colonising Tibet in 1959, China has ripped out virgin forests, dug up minerals and metals, and dumped nuclear waste with little regard for the fragile ecology of the Tibetan plateau.
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Submerging Freedom

Keith Hyams

1st March, 2004

Some 245 Indian villages are in the middle of being destroyed by a $7 billion dam project that will consume more energy than it provides and has even been condemned by its World Bank sponsors. more...
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Damned Nation

Mark Lynas

1st December, 2003

Costing over $1 billion, the Karahnjukar hydroelectric dam in Iceland is a hugely controversial project. Mark Lynas journeyed to the blasting face, hoping to work out for himself whether this industrial elephant is green or brilliant-white. more...
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The Water Hyacinth

Tom Hargreaves

1st October, 2003

This beautiful but deadly plant proliferates in lakes across Africa – choking everything in its path. Why, asks Tom Hargreaves, have all attempts to manage it failed? more...
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Death of Venice

Tony Zamparutti

20th March, 2001

This month a construction consortium will start pouring millions of tons of rock and cement into the Venice Lagoon – one of the Mediterranean’s most important wetlands. The consortium claims the dam project will ‘save’ the city from flooding. But the project failed its environmental impact assessment, threatens the ecology of the lagoon and – with global warming and rising sea-levels –may not even protect Venice anyway. Tony Zamparutti reports from Italy. more...

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