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Deforestation will undercut effectiveness of rainforest dams

Mongabay: Deforestation may significantly decrease the hydroelectric potential of tropical rainforest regions, warns a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. The study, led by Claudia M. Stickler at the International Program at the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM-International), used climate, hydrological, and land use models to forecast the impact of potential forest loss on hydropower generation on the Xingu River, a major tributary of the Amazon where the… Continue reading

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Tribes rejects payment from electricity company behind destructive Amazon dam

Mongabay: Leaders of more than two dozen KayapĆ³ indigenous communities have rejected a $9 million offer from Brazilian state energy company Eletrobras to fund development projects in their region due to the the firm’s involvement in the construction of the Belo Monte dam, reports Amazon Watch, an activist group fighting the hydroelectric project. Continue reading

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Hydro produces more carbon in tropics

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Not all green Hydroelectric power production is seen an important part of the renewable energy mix, but a new study challenges its green credentials in tropical regions. Globally hydroelectricity makes up 16 per cent of the total amount of electricity produced each year, and the number of new hydroelectric power projects are steadily increasing, particularly in developing countries Continue reading

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