Development is peaking in the high country between India and China.
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For decades, China and India have clashed over their disputed Himalayan border. This clash is also playing out via a development boom that threatens the health of one of the world's biggest river catchments.
Small aircraft carry scientists high above the Southern Alps to survey glacier changes.
Forty years of continuous end-of-summer snowline monitoring of New Zealand's glaciers brings the issue of human-induced climate change into tight focus.
Rising seas, harsher weather, rainier days. The impacts of climate change make it harder for Caribbean countries to plan their transition toward renewable energy sources.
The 2017 hurricane season showed that Caribbean nations urgently need more resilient power grids. But the effects of climate change – including more severe storms – complicate the shift to renewables.
Hydropower plays a massive role electrifying many countries.
Many countries in eastern and southern Africa rely on hydropower for electricity generation and there are plans for several more dams.
The potential clean energy sources are all around Sydney, just waiting to be harnessed.
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Sun, wind, waste biomass, geothermal, tides and waves: all these energy sources in Sydney's backyard add up to a zero-carbon energy solution for the city.
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The region relies on seasonal flooding, yet energy demand is year-round.
Cape Verde’s renewable energy resources account for about 25% of total energy production.
With cutting-edge technologies and innovative business practices, Cape Verde can achieve its goal in a way that is cost-effective and equitable
Dam projects on the Irrawady in Myanmar could not only devastate livelihoods but add more conflicts to an already sensitive region.
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Constructing large dams can provide much needed electricity for Myanmar. But this can also threaten the livelihoods of millions.
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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.