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Amazon dams plan is set to cost the Earth

Tuesday 4 Jul 17 11:00am


The Balbina dam on the Amazon … dams can damage river systems irreparably.

 

By TIM RADFORD | A massive increase in hydropower from a series of planned Amazon dams could harm the world’s most important rainforest all the way from the slopes of the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean.

Altogether, 428 dams are being built or are under consideration along the network of rivers that drain – and nourish – six million square kilometres of forest spanning nine countries.

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