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South Africa: Lesotho Highlands Water Project in numbers

2986m m³ of water a year are transferred from the Lesotho mountains’ Katse and Mohale dams to South Africa’s Vaal River system through the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, phase 1, completed in 2004.

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Wind, Water & Sun can Power Our 240 Million Cars & Everything Else

Our Promising Future of Renewable Energy The cleanest solutions to global warming, air pollution and energy security are wind, water, and solar power (WWS).  As Dr. Mark Jacobson walks me through the numbers of his, Dr. Mark Delucchi, and their teams’ multi-year study, the renewable energy solution stands out as the clear winner. Dr. Jacobson […]

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Why Rivers Need to Flow — High and Low — Again

Don’t be surprised if the next time you head down to a river with a fishing pole you pull up a lowly carp instead of a prized native trout. Most rivers no longer flow the way they’re supposed to flow–and that’s changing the mix of fish and other organisms that call them home.

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5-MW hydropower plant to be built in Zimbabwe

South African hydropower plant developer, owner and operator NuPlanet has been granted a generation licence to build a 5-MW greenfield hydropower plant at the Mutirikwi dam, Zimbabwe’s largest reservoir. An eight-month technical feasibility and environmental-impact assessment phase for the project would start next year, with procurement, contracting and construction to commence thereafter.

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Riots in Mozambique over hikes in power, water, food prices

Maputo – Mozambique’s capital Maputo was gripped by violent demonstrations Wednesday as residents of poor neighbourhoods took to the streets to protest sharp increases in the cost of electricity, water and food. Residents in at least three neighbourhoods in the north and east of the city barricaded roads with burning tyres and shouted anti-government slogans […]

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1 300 GW of untapped hydropower in developing countries

The World Bank has reaffirmed its commitment to “scaling up” its support for hydropower infrastructure in developing countries, which it describes as the largest source of renewable and low-carbon energy. This policy aspiration, which is contained in a newly published report entitled ‘Sustaining Water for All in a Changing Climate’, points out that only 23% […]

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Water management essential for sustainable growth – World Bank

Multipurpose investment in water management and hydropower was essential for sustainable growth in Africa, World Bank Africa region water and hydropower adviser Vahid Alavian said on Wednesday. This was important for creating stability in terms of water security, he noted during the second day of the Hydropower Africa conference in Johannesburg. By combining hydropower and […]

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Greenwashing Hydropower

Big dams have a serious record of social and environmental destruction, and there are many alternatives. So why are they still being built? Big dams have frequently imposed high social and environmental costs and long term economic trade offs, such as lost fisheries and tourism potential and flooded agricultural and forest land. According to the […]

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