19 Apr '12, 3pm

151 planned dams threatens ecological connectivity of the Andean Amazon, study says #amazon #dams

19 Apr 2012: 151 Planned Dams Threatens Balance of Andean Amazon, Study Says A new study warns that 151 hydroelectric dams planned along six major rivers in the Amazon basin over the next two decades, including dozens of so-called mega-dams, could significantly disrupt the region’s ecological connectivity . Writing in the online journal PLoS ONE , researchers say 60 percent of the dams The Dam Building Boom: Right Path to Clean Energy? The developing world is engaged in a flurry of dam construction, touting hydropower as renewable energy in an era of global warming. But critics point out that the human and environmental costs of dams remain high. READ THE e360 REPORT currently being planned would cause the first major break in river connectivity between the Andean headwaters and the lowland Amazon, possibly threatening the free flow of several Andean-Amazon rivers. The And...

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