DRC Mega-Dam to Be Funded by Private Sector, Groups Charge

By Carey L. Biron

The Inga III dam would be the first in a series of hydroelectric installations along the Congo River, collectively referred to as the Grand Inga project. Credit: alaindg/GNU license
The Inga III dam would be the first in a series of hydroelectric installations along the Congo River, collectively referred to as the Grand Inga project. Credit: alaindg/GNU license

WASHINGTON, Feb 11 2014 (IPS) – Watchdog groups here are warning that a deal has been struck that would see Chinese investors fund a massive, contentious dam on the Congo River, the first phase of a project that could eventually be the largest hydroelectric project in the world.

Discussions around the Inga III dam proposal, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have been taking place in some form for decades. They have picked up speed over the past year, however, under the auspices of the World Bank, the Washington-based development funder. Continue reading DRC Mega-Dam to Be Funded by Private Sector, Groups Charge

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Dampen Shift Towards Renewable

By Samuel Oakford

An offshore oil rig drilling platform. Global subsidies of fossil fuels rose to 1.9 trillion dollars in 2013. Credit: Big stock
An offshore oil rig drilling platform. Global subsidies of fossil fuels rose to 1.9 trillion dollars in 2013. Credit: Big stock

NEW YORK, Feb 10 2014 (IPS) – Despite evolving public awareness and alarm over climate change, subsidies for the production and consumption of fossil fuels remain a stubborn impediment to shifting the world’s energy matrix towards renewable sources.

Collectively, fossil fuel subsidies amount to a nearly two-trillion-dollar oar left dragging in the water.
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Brazil: Environmental activist wins Dorothy Stang human rights award

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brazil3Laísa Sampaio, an environmental activist supported by CAFOD, has been awarded the Human Rights Dorothy Stang award. It is the highest award given by the Brazilian government to individuals or organizations who work tirelessly in defense of justice and human rights. Continue reading Brazil: Environmental activist wins Dorothy Stang human rights award