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 Environmental ...

Mar 16, 2017

Troubled waters? India fast-tracks hydro projects in disputed Kashmir

India has fast-tracked hydropower projects worth $15 billion in Kashmir in recent months, three federal and state officials said, ignoring warnings from Islamabad that power stations on rivers flowing into Pakistan will disrupt water supplies. The swift approval of projects that had languished for years ...

Syrian farmers fear IS to flood villages near Euphrates

Mar 5, 2017

Syrian farmers fear IS to flood villages near Euphrates

Syrian farmers near the Euphrates river are terrified the Islamic State group will literally open the floodgates to defend its stronghold Raqqa, drowning their tiny villages in the process. Water levels of the Euphrates, which snakes down through northern Syria and east into Iraq, have ...

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 not ...

/ Sep 12, 2014

Co-opt the water hegemon


The vast majority of the 57 transnational river basins in continental Asia have no water-sharing arrangement or any other cooperative mechanism — a troubling reality amid the already strained political relations in several Asian sub-regions.