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Iran’s largest lake turning to salt

OROUMIEH LAKE, Iran – From a hillside, Kamal Saadat looked forlornly at hundreds of potential customers, knowing he could not take them for trips in his boat to enjoy a spring weekend on picturesque Oroumieh Lake, the third largest saltwater … Continue reading

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China crisis over Yangtze river drought forces drastic dam measures

The Yangtze – Asia’s biggest river – is experiencing its worst drought in 50 years, forcing an unprecedented release of water from the Three Gorges reservoir. The drought is damaging crops, threatening wildlife and raising doubts about the viability of China‘s massive water diversion ambitions. … Continue reading

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Three Gorges Dam caused ‘host of ills’

China’s Three Gorges Dam has caused a host of ills that must be “urgently” addressed, the government has said, in a rare admission of problems in a project it has long praised as a world wonder. The State Council, or … Continue reading

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China warns of ‘urgent problems’ facing Three Gorges dam

The Three Gorges dam, the flagship of China‘s massive hydroengineering ambitions, faces “urgent problems”, the government has warned. In a statement approved by prime minister Wen Jiabao, the state council said the dam had pressing geological, human and ecological problems. The … Continue reading

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Activists call to scrap Lao dam project Ecosystem ‘under threat’ if hydro plan goes ahead Activists are unhappy with Laos’ pledge to study the environmental effects of the controversial Xayaburi hydro dam. They say Laos’ commitment to study further the … Continue reading

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Protests after Chile backs giant dams in Patagonia’s valleys

Chilean authorities have approved a £1.8bn plan to dam two rivers in Patagonia for hydroelectricity, triggering angry protests and claims that swathes of pristine wilderness will be destroyed. The HidroAysén project envisages five dams to tap the Baker and Pascua rivers, an … Continue reading

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Early work on dam ‘normal practice’

The Laos government has defended early road construction work near the controversial Xayaburi dam project, saying it is ”fairly common practice” in the country. The Bangkok Post Sunday reported last month that extensive road work for the US$3.5 billion (105 … Continue reading

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A new geopolitics of mekong dams?

On April 19, the four country members of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) met to consult on Thai company Ch Karnchang’s proposal to build a 1,260MW dam in Xayaburi province on the mainstream of the Mekong River in Laos. The … Continue reading

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The Xayaburi Dam: A Looming Threat to the Mekong River

Located in a mountainous valley in Northern Laos, the proposed Xayaburi hydropower dam is the  most advanced of eleven large dams planned for the Lower Mekong River’s mainstream. If built,  the dam will cause irreversible and permanent ecological change to … Continue reading

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Decision looms on Mekong River dam opposed by conservation groups

The Mekong River Commission gathers in Vientiane tomorrow to consider the Xayaburi (also spelled Sayabouly) dam. On Friday, they are expected to make a final recommendation to the four member states:Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. It will be the biggest decision ever taken … Continue reading

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