Coastal Care

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Category: Dam

The Mekong, Dammed to Die

The Mekong, Dammed to Die

In Laos, the lush forests are alive with the whines of drills that pierce the air. On the Mekong, a giant concrete wall rises slowly above the trees. The Don Sahong dam is a strong symbol, not only for a power-hungry Asia but also for what critics fear is a disaster in the making.

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How a useless dam nearly destroyed an iconic beach; CA

How a useless dam nearly destroyed an iconic beach; CA

The city of Ventura and environmental groups launched a $4 million beach-building project when the coastline eroded in the early 1990s because the Ventura River was no longer bringing enough sand and sediment to nourish the beach. The sand thief was 16 miles upstream: Matilija Dam.

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Why the World’s Rivers Are Losing Sediment and Why It Matters

Why the World’s Rivers Are Losing Sediment and Why It Matters

Now, as global warming steadily melts glaciers and polar ice sheets, quickening the pace of sea level rise, scientists say that a severe shortage of river-borne sediment — most of it trapped behind dams — will increasingly be felt along the world’s coasts.

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The Vanishing Nile: A Great River Faces a Multitude of Threats

The Vanishing Nile: A Great River Faces a Multitude of Threats

The Nile River is under assault on two fronts – a massive dam under construction upstream in Ethiopia and rising sea levels leading to saltwater intrusion downstream.

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In Honduras, Defending Nature Is a Deadly Business

In Honduras, Defending Nature Is a Deadly Business

Berta Cáceres fought to protect native lands in Honduras, and paid for it with her life. She is one of hundreds of victims of a disturbing global trend, the killings of environmental activists who try to block development projects. Most believe it was that campaign, against the Agua Zarca dam on the Gualcarque River, that provided the motive for her murder, one of a rash of recent killings of environmental and social activists.

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Mass evacuation below Oroville Dam as officials frantically try to make repairs before new storms

Mass evacuation below Oroville Dam as officials frantically try to make repairs before new storms

More than 100,000 people were told to evacuate because of a “hazardous situation” involving the Northern California dam’s emergency spillway.

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“This is mother nature kind of kicking us”: Water released over spillway at Calif. dam

“This is mother nature kind of kicking us”: Water released over spillway at Calif. dam

Water started flowing over an emergency spillway at the nation’s tallest dam, on Lake Oroville, for the first time Saturday after erosion damaged the Northern California dam’s main spillway.

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Joy as China shelves plans to dam ‘angry river’

Joy as China shelves plans to dam ‘angry river’

Environmentalists in China are celebrating after controversial plans to build a series of giant hydroelectric dams on the country’s last free-flowing river were shelved.

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The Wrong Climate for Damming Rivers, Video

The Wrong Climate for Damming Rivers, Video

Though large hydropower projects are often presented as a “clean and green” source of energy, nothing could be further from the truth.

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