You may agree the U.S. should move to renewables, but how quickly can we do it and how?
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The Eze or Deopani river, near Roing.
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As India opens up a new bridge in its north-eastern region, local tribal communities feel left out of the development picture.
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Hydropower dams in upstream India have left Pakistanis worried.
The Maguga Dam in Swaziland. Many development challenges of dams are not as clear as critics suggest.
Dams are once again being recognised as important key contributors to a prosperous and sustainable future.
Hydro electricity will be part of Australia’s energy future.
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Energy security requires both short and long planning. Recent gas and hydro announcements are a promising start towards some proper joined-up thinking.
Bhutan hydropower potential could change around its position in South-Asian economics.
Bhutan and Nepal could change economic development in South Asia, thanks to their hydropower potential.
In Switzerland, specific and often costly environmental policies are put to test through direct democracy.
The Inga dams in the DRC generate about 1000 MW of electricity for the country.
Small-scale renewable energy projects have tremendous potential to power rural areas in the DRC. Rural areas in the country have very little access to electricity.
A 16-year-old Karen boy, swims in the Salween River at the Myanmar-Thai border.
Government strategies promoting economic growth through the development of the biodiverse Salween river basin should not be at the cost of human rights.
The Brahmaputra is known for its unpredictable fury. Assamese plains dwellers are often victims of floods but also earn a livelihood from the river.
At the heart of the Himalayas, the ongoing conflict between China and India for the hydro-power race will affect the whole region.
The Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam will bring more power to Ethiopia but is already creating tensions over water rights with its neighbors Sudan and Egypt.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, under construction on the Blue Nile, will bring electricity and wealth to East Africa, but could also have harmful environmental and political impacts.
Mega development projects can have a positive impact. But there are risks. Between 2004 and 2013, some 3.4 million people were ‘physically and economically displaced’ by World Bank projects alone.
Solar photovoltaics, along with wind energy, now represent the bulk of new Australian energy.
Photovoltaics and wind energy now have such a large head start that no other low-emission generation technology has a reasonable prospect of catching them.
Tasmania’s hydro power is dependent on rains.
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Catch 22: renewable energy can help fight climate change, but climate change might prove hard on renewable energy.
There's a huge gap between what India claims it can do, and what it's actually doing to bring down emissions.
Construction of a dam in Ethiopia which the country hopes will increase its hydropower energy output.
Ethiopia is a country particularly vulnerable to climate change. It will hope to attract climate finance at CoP21 to help battle the effects of climate change.
The Nairobi-Thika highway is being built by China Wuyi, Sinohydro and Shengeli Engineering Construction, and is funded by Kenya, China and the African Development Bank.
China offers an alternative to traditional donors and investors in low- and middle-income countries. Adding to its appeal is its focus on infrastructure projects.
Mozambique is seeking to use renewable energy to extend electricity access to rural institutions.
Mozambique has long standing energy challenges and widespread energy poverty. To change this, particularly for people living in rural areas, it needs to democratise the way it supplies energy.
Lake Kariba’s water evel is down to under 30% – and it may worsen.
The upcoming El Niño event may see an even bigger drop in the water level of Lake Kariba. This will have terrible consequences for the people using the river.
Protestors bust the Belo Monte Dam.
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