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Farmers in Vietnam’s commune protest wind power project over alleged house, crop damage

A number of farmers have come together to demand a halt to the project, arguing that the ongoing construction of the wind power plant has adversely affected their houses and shrimp farms, the official claimed. They are afraid that such damage will continue after the plant is completed and put into operation, Hung added. Le Thuy Trang, a local farmer, expressed her anxiety that the operation of wind power poles will be detrimental to her plants and crops.
21 Dec 2021

Human cost of China's green energy rush ahead of Winter Olympics

Beaten, forced off their land, cheated out of money, and even falsely imprisoned -- farmers in China say they are paying a heavy price as authorities rush to deliver on ambitious pledges to ramp up national green energy output. China has vowed the upcoming Winter Olympics 2022 will be the first Games to be run entirely on wind and solar energy, and have built scores of facilities to increase capacity -- but activists warn ordinary people are being exploited by "land grabs" in the process.
21 Dec 2021

How the rise of electric cars endangers the ‘last frontier’ of the Philippines

With the demand for nickel skyrocketing, the Rio Tuba mine is now on the brink of expanding deeper into the rainforest, adding almost 10 square miles to its current footprint. Local environmentalists fear that it will wipe out the forest’s fragile ecosystem and increase toxic runoff into the rivers that flow past the farmland down below, jeopardizing the crops.
9 Dec 2021

Residents of Gujarat village protest against windmills being set up on forestland

Kutch has been designated as an important wind energy exploitation zone, and in the past few years thousands of windmills have been put up by energy companies, leading to local conflicts in villages because the structures are eating up common forest and grazing lands critical for villagers. In Sangnara, local communities raised their voice when they realised that their forestland rich in wildlife and local flora and fauna was being destroyed to pave the way for setting up giant wind turbines to generate clean energy in the region.
7 Aug 2021

Rare birds found at site of planned wind farm in Hokkaido

Conservation groups are demanding a plan to build a wind farm in Hokkaido be rescinded after they confirmed red-crowned cranes, a bird species the government designated a special national treasure, are breeding in the area. The Wild Bird Society of Japan and other nature groups said the project, by a subsidiary of Osaka Gas Co., should be scrapped to protect the rare birds’ natural habitat.
12 Jul 2021

Solar power investors burnt by rise in raw materials costs

John Martin, chief executive of the US Solar Fund, said higher raw material prices will probably increase the costs of installing new solar power by 20 per cent — putting solar costs back to the levels they were two years ago. “Decarbonisation costs will come down, but it’s not going to be free — capital will be required,” he said.
21 Jun 2021

Biden weighs ban on China’s solar material over forced labor

Currently about half the world's supply of polysilicon comes from Xinjiang, where the Chinese government has been accused of rounding up hundreds of thousands of ethnic Uyghur Muslims in what the State Department has labeled a "genocide." "The kind of brutality that we're talking about is offensive to just about anybody who would ever see these sorts of practices being used," said Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), one of the lawmakers pushing Biden to act. "And they're doing it to the economic benefit of companies that are putting American companies at risk."
21 Jun 2021

Blowing in the wind: Fishermen threaten South Korea carbon plans

In total the South wants to install 12 gigawatts of offshore wind power capacity by the end of the decade. But similar conflicts are slowing down plans for offshore wind farms across the country, with more than 30 government-approved projects yet to start construction, largely due to local opposition, according to the energy ministry. A 2019 British government and industry expert mission report seen by AFP identified "local acceptance" as a "key barrier" that could prevent the South meeting its target.
28 Apr 2021

Texas wind farm project poses national security threat, experts say

A proposed wind farm project in West Texas has become a potential national security issue due to its Chinese owner who has ties to the communist regime in Beijing and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), experts say. ...The first concern is that the wind farm will be generating electricity, hence, it involves critical infrastructure and poses a risk to the Texas electric grid. Potential cyberattacks on the electrical grid could disrupt power utility operations, resulting in large-scale power outages.
30 Dec 2020

As US moves to renewable energy, wind turbines from Xinjiang may get caught in political tempest

On one hand, the Las Lomas wind site is an example of US, Chinese and European companies taking action together ...On the other, they are companies whose supply chains run through a part of China where there has been widespread international condemnation, ...human rights violations reported to be taking place there. "If someone is coming to me and saying, 'I'm importing something from this region', I'm telling them, you should review your supply chain and assess potential risks.
30 Dec 2020

More than 20 citizens in occupied Syrian Golan injured ...during protest against Israeli scheme to set up wind turbines

More than 20 citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan were injured in an Israeli occupation forces’ attempt to disperse them after they have gathered between the occupied villages of Majdal Shams and Masa’da in protest against the occupations scheme to set up wind turbines on their lands, SANA reporter in Quneitra said Wednesday.
9 Dec 2020

Druze outrage over Israeli plan to install wind turbines on Golan Heights

Local Druse residents in northern Israel told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on Tuesday they were outraged over an Israeli effort to plant wind turbines in their agricultural fields. The locals reportedly held a protest and attempted to block IDF and other authorities from entering the area to continue working on the project which is intended to produce renewable energy.
8 Dec 2020

Wind-solar parks: Conflicts galore but India wants more

“The questions that need to be answered before India pursues such a massive renewable programme involving huge solar and wind parks are – whether there is sufficient available land, whether comprehensive environmental impact assessments are conducted prior to construction and whether a proper compliance of environmental safeguards is carried out after a project is operational,” Linowes questioned. Renewable projects including such solar and wind parks are already facing resistance from communities – including legal cases.
26 Nov 2020

More land restrictions for solar in Taiwan

“To give equal consideration to ecological and economic development and create a win-win situation, the important wild bird habitats should be excluded. Therefore, the land used for producing salt connected to highly ecologically disputed areas in Chiayi County and Tainan city ...shall no longer be provided for solar photovoltaic installations. Authorizations that have already been given ...will now be revoked. 
17 Nov 2020

Taiwan bans solar PV on salt flats in ecologically sensitive areas in Chiayi County and Tainan City

Taiwan_press_release_re_ban_of_solar_pv_on_certain_salt_flats_thumb Land used for producing salt connected to highly ecologically disputed areas in Chiayi County and Tainan City according to the investigation completed by the Institute shall no longer be provided for solar photovoltaic installations. The consent given for the provision of land is revoked and the deposit shall be refunded without interest. In addition, the national land that has been adopted by conservation groups also shall not be provided for solar photovoltaic installation. 
10 Nov 2020

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