Jun 15, 2017

Hundreds of new Amazon dams would be 'massively' destructive, study says

Building the 428 hydroelectric dams proposed for Brazil’s Amazon basin — three times the existing number — would devastate the environment and could even disrupt regional weather, an international team of researchers warned Wednesday. Writing in the journal Nature, the scientists unveiled a Dam ...

Disaster panel sets numerical targets for river, ocean dikes by 2020

May 19, 2017

Disaster panel sets numerical targets for river, ocean dikes by 2020

A government-appointed panel discussing ways to boost Japan’s ability to withstand natural disasters called on Friday for promoting river and coastal dike construction to prepare for powerful earthquakes. In its outline for the Action Plan for National Resilience 2017, the panel targeted areas thought ...

/ Apr 13, 2017

DNA can track migrations of fish

Scientists have tracked fish off New York by following the traces of DNA left in the water, a technique that could help gauge life in rivers, lakes and oceans around the world, a study showed on Wednesday. Fish leave bits of slimy skin, scales ...

Himalayan glaciers granted status of 'living entities'

Apr 2, 2017

Himalayan glaciers granted status of 'living entities'

An Indian court has recognized Himalayan glaciers, lakes and forests as “legal persons” in an effort to curb environmental destruction, weeks after it granted similar status to the country’s two most sacred rivers. In a decision that aims to widen environmental protections in the ...

Aug 5, 2016

Amazon dam opposed by tribes fails to get environmental license

Brazil’s environmental regulator Ibama decided on Thursday to shelve the environmental license request for a hydroelectric dam on the Tapajos River in the Amazon, a project that had been opposed by indigenous tribes and conservation groups. Ibama’s licensing office ruled the dam’s backers had ...