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Xboundary: a Film about Extreme Pollution Risks by Open-Pit Mining in British Columbia and Threats to Wildlife and Economy

Xboundary: a Film about Extreme Pollution Risks by Open-Pit Mining in British Columbia and Threats to Wildlife and Economy

An open-pit mining boom is underway in northern British Columbia, Canada. The massive size and location of the mines — at the headwaters of major salmon rivers that flow across the border into Alaska — has Alaskans concerned over pollution risks… These concerns were heightened with the August 4, 2014 catastrophic tailings dam failure at nearby Mount Polley Mine in B.C.’s Fraser River watershed.

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Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History Scientifically Characterized: A USGS Lecture on Largest U.S. Dam Removal

Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History Scientifically Characterized: A USGS Lecture on Largest U.S. Dam Removal

Scientists worked together to characterize the effects of the largest dam removal project in U.S. history occurring on the Elwha River of Washington State. New findings suggest that dam removal can change landscape features of river and coasts, which have ecological implications downstream of former dam sites.

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Movement to Take Down Thousands of Dams Goes Mainstream

Movement to Take Down Thousands of Dams Goes Mainstream

Twenty years ago, dam removal was a fringe notion, and early demolition efforts gained support only because the dams in question were no longer in use. Now, the U.S. dam removal movement has wide acceptance as well as bigger ambitions.

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12 Dams that Changed the World

12 Dams that Changed the World

Renewable energy rather than mega dams and fossil fuels is the right choice for the 21st century. Even so, numerous destructive dams continue to be proposed and built on the Mekong, in the Amazon, throughout Africa, in China, the Himalayas and other parts of the world.

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Saving the Colorado River Delta, One Habitat at a Time

Saving the Colorado River Delta, One Habitat at a Time

A trickle of water is being returned to a few parts of the dried-out delta—and those parts are blooming. Thanks to a bi-national agreement, a “pulse flow” of water eventually made its way to the sea, the first time the Colorado River reached the Gulf of California in years.

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Dams – Cutting off our Beach Sand; By Gary Griggs

Dams – Cutting off our Beach Sand; By Gary Griggs

The total amount of beach sand trapped behind all of California’s coastal dams totals about 200 million cubic yards, or a line of dump trucks bumper to bumper stretching completely around the world nearly four times. “Dams – Cutting off our Beach Sand” is excerpted from “Our Ocean Backyard- Collected Essays, ” a book by Gary Griggs.

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Protect the World’s Deltas

Protect the World’s Deltas

The rich delta ecosystem and the services it provides, storm protection, nutrient and pollution removal and carbon storage, are being destroyed. Worldwide deltas are on course to drown, starved of sediment by dams and dikes, and fragmented by economic development. Rising seas compound the sediment crisis.

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EU Takes Legal Action Against Controversial French Dam

EU Takes Legal Action Against Controversial French Dam

The European commission has sent France a final notice to explain how it can reconcile EU environmental law with a proposed dam project that sparked riots.

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Hydropower: Huge Source of Methane Emissions

Hydropower: Huge Source of Methane Emissions

Reservoirs and hydropower are often thought of as climate friendly because they don’t burn fossil fuels to produce electricity. But what if reservoirs that store water and produce electricity were among some of the world’s largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions?

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