The Ecologist


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The sacred water of Gosainkunda Lake at the headwaters of the Trishuli River, soon to be changed forever by the construction fo a succession of high dams. Photo: Yosarian via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY).

In Nepal's next big quake, hydropower dams threaten catastrophe

Michael Buckley

4th May 2015

A spate of hydroelectric dam building in Nepal means that future earthquakes could send inland tsunamis flooding down the steep mountain valleys, writes Michael Buckley. Disaster was averted in last month's quake - a badly damaged dam was not yet filled. But despite the risks and the damage to river ecology, tourism and rural livelihoods, there's no sign of any policy shift. more...
The Government displaces small farmers, imposes outsiders, robs our resources, divides our peoples - leave us in peace! Photo: Asoquimbo.

El Quimbo, Colombia: Enel-Endesa's 'low carbon' hydroelectric racket

Philippa de Boissière

13th January 2015

For the world's multinational corporations, the climate crisis is just another business opportunity, writes Philippa de Boissière. One example is Enel-Endesa's 'climate friendly' 217m high El Quimbo dam in Colombia - a huge exercise in expropriation at taxpayer expense, backed by police violence against strong local resistance. more...
Khone-Phapheng Falls. Photo: hiroo yamagata via

The Mekong must run free!

Tom Fawthrop

14th December 2013

The Mekong is among Southeast Asia's greatest rivers, sustaining tens of millions from its abundant fisheries and its floodwaters which both irrigate and fertilise. But as Tom Fawthrop reports, Nature's bounty, and beauty, are at risk from a series of 11 dams. more...
July 2012 - Filling the reservoir Boguchan HPP.

Siberia: Sold down the river

Margarita Baranova, from Krasnoyarsk, Russia

9th November 2013

The Angara, the only river draining Lake Baikal, might disappear by 2020, as it is progressively dammed for massive hydroelectric schemes designed to aid the development of ... China. more...
Mekong River

Climate hotspot: sea level rise threatens millions in Mekong Delta rice belt


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...

Belo Monte dam marks a troubling new era in Brazil's attitude to its rainforest

Karen Hoffmann

15th August, 2011

Belo Monte is just one of a dozen giant dam projects Brazil plans to build in the Amazon region in the coming decades and opens up the world's largest tropical rainforest to oil and mining exploration more...
Map of area directly impacted by Belo Monte Dam

Brazilian judge blocks plans for construction of Belo Monte dam

Amy Fallon, the guardian

28th February, 2011

Project to build world's third-largest hydroelectric plant is suspended after failing to meet environmental requirements more...
The Three Gorges Dam

Last refuge of rare fish threatened by Yangtze dam plans

Jonathan Watts, guardian asia environment correspondent

18th January, 2011

Developers of hydroelectric plant have redrawn the boundaries of a crucial freshwater reserve for rare and economically important species more...
Amazon dams

Rapid growth in Amazon dams brought home by online map


25th August, 2010

New website details more than 140 planned or operating hydropower projects in the Amazon basin more...

Global rise in hydroelectric dams threatens tribal peoples


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...

Hydropower TV: learn from the water power pioneers

Kate Herbert

22nd September, 2009

Okay so not much happens most of the time... but for anyone interested in building a hydro-electric turbine these live images of a micro-hydropower project construction in Cumbria make compelling viewing more...

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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