03 Jul '11, 12am

Amazon deforestation, giant dam moves forward, Barbie faces protests ~ @mongabay

June in review: Amazon deforestation, giant dam moves forward, Barbie faces protests mongabay.com July 02, 2011 Brazil, Indonesia, Tanzania, and Google Earth dominated the list of popular mongabay.com stories for the month of June. Brazil approved the controversial Belo Monte dam, a hydroelectric project that will generate 11 megawatts peak power production by blocking the Xingu River, one of the Amazon's largest tributaries. Belo Monte will inundate some 40,000 hectares of rainforest and displace more than 16,000 people. The project is expected to exacerbate deforestation in surrounding areas. Also in Brazil, satellite data confirmed an increase in deforestation over last year. Analysis by INPE and Imazon both showed a marked rise in forest clearing and degradation. The news came as a poll commissioned by environmental groups showed that the majority of Brazilians do not ...

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