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Clean Green China? Maybe

October 25th, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen

China is taking another step toward being greener and cleaner. While recycling technology continues to improve, efforts to curb and [&hellip

A Chinese Hydropower Scorecard Does Not Fill the Accountability Gap

September 23rd, 2011 | by Zachary Hurwitz

The International Hydropower Association launched its non-binding sustainability guidelines scorecard in Beijing today, hoping to attract Chinese dam builders to what is turning out to be the world's latest industry-led greenwash. Yet, the scorecard, called the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP), may do little to fill the accountability gap that exists between country regulatory systems. The HSAP makes no requirement of developers to comply with national and international legislation

Innovative, New Approach to Low-Head, Low-Flow Water Power

August 30th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

Interest and investment in low-head (vertical drop), low-flow hydro power peaked a century ago. This corresponds to the rise of interest in hydro turbines. The improved power output of the larger units dictated their priority over traditional stream and water wheels

Thought Solar Was Hard to Permit? Try Pumped Storage!

April 18th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

When you consider the environmental benefits of solar power for providing electricity, it has always seemed unfair that it takes so much bureaucracy to overcome to get it built, even in the nation's leader, California. Whereas a natural gas power plant sails through the permitting process with ease, solar can take years and be tripped up by technicalities that don't slow the permitting of polluting power plants

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