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Officials here frequently claim that the huge hydroelectric dam
s that increasingly dot the Brazilian Amazon are a source of "clean energy.'The dam
s often flood vast areas of rain forest, leading to a major loss of biodiversity and the ...
Deforestation may lead to electricity shortages in tropical rainforest
regions that rely heavily on hydropower, as fewer trees mean less rainfall for hydropower generation, a study shows.For example, if deforestation continues, one of the ...
Deforestation in the Amazon region could significantly reduce the amount of electricity produced from hydropower, says a new study.
Scientists say the rainforest
is critical in generating the streams and rivers that ultimately turn ...
Deforestation may significantly decrease the hydroelectric potential of tropical rainforest
regions, warns a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
The study, led by Claudia M. Stickler at the ...
While global warming is a topic of conversation and news coverage every day around the world,? ?the basic raw materials that drive the global economy are rarely discussed as being involved.? ?But these materials play a key role in global ...
2012 was another year of mixed news for the world's tropical forests. This is a look at some of the most significant tropical rainforest
-related news stories for 2012.
There were many other important stories in 2012 and some were ...
Brazil's National Development Bank (BNDES) on Monday announced it has approved a $10.8 billion (22.5 billion Brazilian reais) loan to the consortium that is building the controversial Belo Monte dam
in the state of Par´ in the heart of the ...
Belo Monte dam
developer Norte Energia, S.A. has stopped all work on the Belo Monte dam
after receiving formal notification of the decision last week by the Brazilian Federal Appeals Court to suspend the project, reports International Rivers. ...
The Sete Quedas or "seven waterfalls" on the Teles Pires River, which runs through the Amazon rainforest
states of Mato Grosso and ParÃ¡ in central Brazil, are a spiritual oasis venerated by several indigenous groups.
But the ...
A federal judge in Brazil has suspended construction work on a massive dam
in the heart of the Amazon rainforest
In a statement released on Tuesday, Judge Souza Prudente said that work could only resume on the $11bn, 11,000MW Belo Monte
A high federal court in Brazil has ruled that work on the Belo Monte dam
in the Brazilian Amazon be immediately suspended. Finding that the government failed to properly consult indigenous people on the dam
, the ruling is the latest in ...
A Brazilian judge has ordered a suspension of the controversial Belo Monte dam
project, saying that local indigenous people who will be affected by the massive hydroelectric project were not sufficiently consulted during the environmental ...
Ivo Lubrinna has been wildcatting for gold in the jungle here for more than 30 years. It's a notoriously messy business, as crews strip away topsoil in the forest and along riverbanks and use mercury and other pollutants to draw precious metal ...
Three engineers are being held hostage by the Juruna and Arara indigenous tribes as tensions rise over the on-going construction of the Belo Monte dam
in Brazil, reports the Indigenous rights NGO Amazon Watch. The company building the dam
, Norte ...
As of Tuesday, the occupation of Belo Monte dam
by indigenous tribes entered its 13th day. Indigenous people, who have fought the planned Brazilian dam
for decades, argue that the massive hydroelectric project on the Xingu River will devastate ...
The Brazilian government is putting its global environmental leadership at risk by ignoring scientific concern on large infrastructure projects and changes in the country's forest laws, warned an association of more than 1,200 tropical scientists ...
Brazil's ambitious plans to build 30 dam
s in the Amazon basin could trump the country's efforts to protect the world's largest rainforest
, said a leading Amazon scientist speaking at the annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and ...
Nearly 1500 people formed a human banner on a beach in Rio de Janeiro today to protest plans to build dozens of dam
s in the Amazon basin, reports Amazon Watch, an NGO campaigning against Brazil's controversial Belo Monte dam
.The image ...
Brazil's biggest infrastructure project -- the $11 billion Belo Monte dam
-- is also its most controversial, and one showcased at the international summit on June 20-22 in Rio de Janeiro held 20 years after the Earth Summit.
Striking a ...
In an symbolic protest of the giant Belo Monte Dam
, Friday morning some 300 locals dug a channel in an earthen dam
that blocks a portion of the Xingu River and serves as the first step for the controversial hydroelectric project, reports Amazon ...
As the United Nations’ Rio+20 conference on sustainable development takes place in Rio de Janeiro this month, a prime example of the environmental and social tensions that accompany development will be playing out in northern Brazil. There, on ...
The sound of chainsaws in the Amazon rainforest
has faded in recent years as deforestation has slowed, last year dropping to less than one-third of its long-term average. But last week, the lower house of Brazil’s National Congress passed a bill ...
Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam
on the Xingu River is now under construction despite its many controversies. The Brazilian government has launched an unprecedented drive to dam
the Amazon’s tributaries, and Belo Monte
is the spearhead for its efforts. ...
ming of the Xingu River has begun in Brazil to make way for the eventual construction of the hugely controversial, Belo Monte dam
. The Norte Energia (NESA) consortium has begun building coffer dam
s across the Xingu, which will dry out parts of ...
2011 was designated as "Year of the Forests" by the United Nations. While there was relatively little progress on intergovernmental forest protection programs during the year, a lot happened elsewhere. Belo
w is a look at some of the biggest ...