Peter Bosshard

Peter Bosshard is the policy director of International Rivers. He blogs at www.internationalrivers.org/en/blog/peter-bosshard and tweets @PeterBosshard.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 7:00am
The Hidden Hand Behind "Natural" Disasters
Floods and droughts in many parts of the world are getting ever more frequent and intense. Scientists have long warned that a changing climate is making such weather events more extreme. What is often neglected in the public debate is that the impacts of climate change on flood and drought...
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 5:15pm
A Health Check-up for Our Environment—Ignored at Our Own Risk
In the 1950s, thousands of Baiji river dolphins plied the waters of the Yangtze, Asia’s mightiest river. The Chinese river dolphin had evolved over 20 millions of years, and was revered as the goddess of the Yangtze. By 1994, fewer than 100 individuals remained, and by 2006, the dolphin had become...
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 8:15am
No Need to Sacrifice the Planet’s Arteries to Save Her Lungs
From the flood-prone coastline of Bangladesh to East Africa's drought-stricken farm lands, climate change hits people hardest who have least contributed to it. World governments have agreed to mobilize $100 billion a year for climate mitigation and adaptation projects by 2020, most directly through...
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 8:00am
Ten Things You Should Know About Dams
1. 50,000 Large Dams Are Clogging the World’s Rivers: About 50,000 dams with a height of 15 meters or more and millions of smaller dams have been built on the world’s rivers. Some of them date back centuries, but most were built after World War II. About 5,000 dams have a height of 60 meters or...
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Friday, January 17, 2014 - 8:33am
US Congress Takes Landmark Decision for Rivers and Rights
The World Bank is eager to re-engage in large dam projects around the world, and other financiers are following in its wake. The US Congress has now poured cold water on these plans.
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Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 10:01am
Aid Dollars Should Fund Renewables, Not Dams
As you read this, a power outage is affecting much of Africa and South Asia. After hundreds of billions of aid dollars have been spent on energy projects, 1.4 billion people continue to live in a state of permanent blackout. Development finance has focused on big power plants that destroy the environment and bypass the rural poor.
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Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 12:30pm
Why the World Bank Shies Away From Energy Efficiency
Decentralized renewable energy projects are highly effective at reducing energy poverty. Energy conservation and efficiency improvements are the cheapest way to close the gap between energy demand and supply. Too bad such measures don’t fit the business model of the World Bank, the world’s most important energy financier.
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Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 9:08am
A Sustainable Energy Future is Within Our Grasp
The staggering growth in renewable energy has the potential to fundamentally change the way we generate and use power.
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Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 9:21am
Can Jim Yong Kim Reinvent the World Bank?
Jim Yong Kim – a public health expert, president of Dartmouth College and astute rapper – is the US government’s candidate for the presidency of the World Bank.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 1:59pm
A Milestone Birthday for Planet Earth
Milestone birthdays are opportunities to take stock of our family, health and financial situation. So how is Planet Earth doing 20 years after the Earth Summit , the historic UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro? The planet’s economic output has more than doubled since 1992. Some members of the global family are doing extremely well, but the number of hungry people is increasing.
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