Entries by Keith Schneider

World Bank Tribunal Rules Against El Salvador Gold Mine Involved in Water Conflict

El Dorado decision, seven years in the making, raises risk of stranding big infrastructure projects. By Keith Schneider, Circle of Blue When eastern El Salvador’s deep veins of gold, silver, and copper were first identified in the 1960s, the global mining industry operated under accepted rules of exploration that gave scant attention to water supply and […]

World Bank, Despite Promises, Finances Big Coal and Industrial Projects That Threaten Water, Communities

Investigation finds International Finance Corporation invests big in industrial development banks. By Keith Schneider, Circle of Blue In 2013, GNP Power, a Philippine energy developer, began generating power from its Mariveles coal-fired electrical generating station on the Bataan Peninsula about 173 kilometers (107 miles) south of Manila, the capital. Philippine authorities and company executives hailed the […]

Halt to Dakota Pipeline Is Part of International Resistance to Water Threats

At frontlines, fossil fuel transport and production infrastructure opposed worldwide.

Circle of Blue’s Brett Walton Honored By Society of Environmental Journalists

Keith SchneiderCircle of Blue’s senior editor and chief correspondent based in Traverse City, Michigan. He has reported on the contest for energy, food, and water in the era of climate change from six continents. Contact Keith Schneider http:/Circleofblue.org/about/staff/Keith

Gina Lopez, a “Crusader,” Sets Philippines Water, Mining Safety on Unexpected New Course

New environment secretary vows to enforce rule of law. By Keith Schneider, Circle of Blue Before Regina Lopez agreed in June to serve as the secretary of the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources, her standing as one of the Pacific island nation’s determined environmental activists was unchallenged. As the top executive of the […]

Big Banks Finance Water-Damaging, Climate-Warming Energy Projects

Despite commitment to reduce national emissions, development banks spend $US billions on coal-fired power plants.

Drought A Factor in Duke Energy South America Electric Sale

Low water, less hydropower revenue prompt U.S. utility to seek a buyer of Latin America power plants.

Venezuela Drought Aggravates Instability

Shortages of power, food, supplies wrack country. By Keith Schneider, Circle of Blue Though June is generally the start of the rainy season in Venezuela, much of the country remains drier than normal, a moisture deficit that affects the country’s capacity to generate electricity and is aggravating a severe economic recession that is prompting looting, […]