This 2011 documentary film is the story of about the wild capture fisheries of the Mekong River and how its rich ecosystem helps feed and support the livelihoods of millions of people across Southeast Asia.
A new in-depth study of the hydrological risks to hydropower dams on the Zambezi River gives an early warning about what Southern Africa could be facing as it contemplates plans for more large hydropower dams in a time of climate change.
The Teesta River flows through the length of Sikkim, India and is considered to be the lifeline of the state. The proposed 520 MW Teesta IV Dam is planned for the last free-flowing stretch of the Teesta River between the Teesta III Dam – currently under construction – and the Teesta V Dam, already completed. The proposed Teesta IV Dam and its construction, especially the intake tunnel, would destroy a sacred lake that is believed to be the heart of where a Lepcha clan (the original inhabitants of Sikkim) originated. The indigenous people of Sikkim continue to oppose the Teesta IV Dam, al
The Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June of 2012. President Dilma Rousseff had the nerve to talk about making "promises for the type of future that we want" through "growth, inclusion and protection," while at the same time doing everything in her power to push through construction of the destructive Belo Monte Dam in the Amazon – without the approval of the tens of thousands of people who would be affected.
In July, 2012, the United Nations ran a Web TV story on the Belo Monte Dam, including interviews with Juruna tribal leader Sheyla Juruna, and Arara tribal leader José Carlos Arara. The video utilizes our Google Earth video on Belo Monte, entitled "Defending the Rivers of the Amazon," developed in 2010. Watch the story above, to hear Sheyla describe the impacts of the dam, on a visit to the Xingu River.
International Rivers and Friends of the Earth International have teamed up to create a state-of-the-art Google Earth 3-D tour and video narrated by Nigerian activist Nnimmo Bassey, winner of the prestigious Right Livelihood Award. The production was launched on the first day of the COP 17 climate meeting in Durban. The video and tour allow viewers to explore why dams are not the right answer to climate change, by learning about topics such as reservoir emissions, dam safety, and adaptation while visiting real case studies in Africa, the Himalayas and the Amazon.
The Nu River,
known also as the Salween, starts at the
Tibetan Plateau and flows through southwest China, Burma and Thailand,
before emptying into the Andaman Sea. It is home to one of China's most
biodiverse regions, a World Heritage Site,
and provides sustenance for thousands of people downstream. Situated in
a highly seismic region, the Nu River Valley has come under the
additional threat of plans for a cascade of large dams on the mainstream. Double Threat on the Nu details the situation in this region. Want to help spread the message about the threat to the Nu River Vall
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