03 Sep '12, 5am

Tell Brazil Rio+20 Host: The "Future We Want" Not Dozens of New Amazon Rainforest Destroying Dams via @EcoInternet

The Brazilian government has launched an unprecedented drive to dam the Amazon river’s tributaries for electricity to fuel industrial destruction of the Amazon rainforest. The Belo Monte dam – which will be the world's third largest dam, and was previously blocked after protest in 1989 – is the spearhead for their efforts and has already commenced. Belo Monte’s damming of the Xingu River displaces thousands while devastating the lives of thousands more, flooding existing homes and tens of thousands of hectares of rainforest, blocking important fish migration routes, and begins the industrial destruction of this portion of the Amazon rainforest. Belo Monte is but one of dozens of hydroelectric projects Brazil plans to build in the Amazon region in coming decades. The government says the dams represent a source of clean, renewable energy, but tropical dams emit large...

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