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Hydropower in Cambodia could threaten food security of region

Hydropower in Cambodia could threaten food security of region

Farmers and anglers in Cambodia depend on the Mekong River’s predictable seasonal patterns, but new dams for hydroelectricity are altering the hydrology of the river. These changes have the potential to threaten fish migration, livelihoods, and regional food security.

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A Balkan dam boom imperils Europe’s wildest rivers

A Balkan dam boom imperils Europe’s wildest rivers

The Balkan Peninsula, one of Europe’s most undeveloped regions, is facing a wave of thousands of hydroelectric projects that would block pristine, free-flowing rivers and cause major environmental damage. Local residents and conservationists are fighting back.

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Seafloor erosion now occurring like coastal land loss

Seafloor erosion now occurring like coastal land loss

Scientists have discovered that the seafloor from the Mississippi River Delta to the Gulf of Mexico is eroding like the land loss that is occurring on the Louisiana coast. During the 20th century, thousands of dams were built on Mississippi River tributaries stopping the flow of fine silt, clay and other sediment from reaching the delta and seafloor to offset erosion.

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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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