21 Jan '18, 3am

Large Dams Fail on Climate Change and Indigenous Rights

Brazil has flooded large swaths of the Amazon for hydro dams, despite opposition from Indigenous Peoples, environmentalists and others. The country gets 70 percent of its electricity from hydropower . Brazil's government had plans to expand development, opening half the Amazon basin to hydro. But a surprising announcement could halt that. In an interview with O Globo, Mines and Energy Executive Secretary Paulo Pedrosa said the government is reconsidering hydro construction in the face of societal pressure, environmental damage and increasingly competitive renewable energy options. We can see parallels in Canada, where large hydro projects have been pushed through despite similar opposition and concerns. With an October election in Brazil, things could change, but we hope whatever government holds power will recognize there are better options than large-scale hydro. We also...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/dams-climate-change-indigenous-r...

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