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21 Jan 2021 EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
The rapid proliferation of cryptocurrencies in recent years (with Bitcoin the most prominent) is raising environmental concerns, and water resources deployed for hydropower are becoming central to the discourse. Bitcoin may exist purely in the digital world, but the process that supports it is extremely energy intensive...
20 Aug 2020 NEW YORK NY
Rising temperatures have brought more rain and are causing the glaciers feeding hydropower plants to melt faster, leading to more frequent floods and higher water inflows. At the same time, longer and more intense droughts are depleting water basins from Central Europe to the Western U.S., while the changing climate is also shifting patterns of precipitation and, in some places, remolding the landscape altogether...
2 Mar 2019 PRISTINA
Hundreds of new hydropower projects are planned in the Western Balkans, as investors sought to take advantage of the huge and relatively untapped water resources in the region. Now, however, public sentiment is turning against these investments and several have been cancelled or put on hold. In the latest development at the end of February, after thousands of people protested in the Kosovan city of Peja over plans for a series of hydropower plants on the Lumbardhi river, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj ordered an immediate halt to construction pending a comprehensive assessment of the scale and impact of the project.
8 Oct 2018 CORVALLIS, United States
OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest “opinion columns” written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. In this article, John H. Matthews, co-founder and secretariat coordinator for the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), which is chaired by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and the World Bank, observes that cities are the landscapes where most climate adaptation decisions are being negotiated and contested...
14 Mar 2018 CAPE TOWN
Rating’s agency Moody’s warned on Monday the water crisis affecting Cape Town would cause the city’s borrowing to rise sharply and the provincial economy to shrink the longer the situation lasted. A severe drought afflicting South Africa’s Western Cape province is expected to cut agricultural output by 20% in 2018, decimating the wheat crop and reducing apple, grape and pear exports to Europe, according to the national government.
22 Nov 2016 LUHANSK, Ukraine
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has urged members of the Minsk-based Trilateral Contact Group on Eastern Ukraine to take urgent action to provide water supply in the Luhansk region.To avoid cut-offs affecting 600,000 people in both government- and non-government-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine, funds will have to be found to pay for electricity supply to the local pumping station...
10 Oct 2016 MINSK, Belarus
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced last week that it will step in and pay electricity bills to prevent water cut-offs that could affect 600,000 people in eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk region. "We've taken this unprecedented step in order to avert a potentially dire humanitarian problem," Alain Aeschlimann, the head of the ICRC in Ukraine, said on October 5th...
3 Mar 2016 CORVALLIS, OR, United States
OOSKAnews Voices: Feeling the Power of Climate Change: What Is Green Hydropower in a Shifting Climate?
OOSKAnews Voices is a new series of guest “opinion columns” on water, written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages.In this piece, John H. Matthews, co-founder and secretariat coordinator for the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), which is chaired by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and the World Bank, delves into the controversy over how "green" hydrolectric power really is...
20 Feb 2015 VIENNA
More is known about rivers in the Amazon than Europe’s last wild waterways in the Balkans. But these unique ecosystems in southeast Europe could soon be gone, along with endangered species such as the Balkan lynx, if plans for over 2,000 dams go ahead, conservationists warn. Western financial institutions have ploughed hundreds of millions of dollars into building dams in the region, arguing that hydropower is a green energy source that offers poor countries a way out of energy insecurity...
26 Nov 2014 WASHINGTON, DC, United States
Climate change is already causing heat and weather extremes that put food, water and energy security at risk, according to a report released this week by the World Bank.The report, “Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal,” the third in a series of climate change reports, focused on climate changes in three regions where the World Bank operates -- Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and parts of Europe and Central Asia (ECA)...