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Can solar panels redeem this “environmental crime” in Brazil?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Mar 16, 2016 01:05 AM
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by Lacy Cooke last modified Mar 15, 2016

60 per cent of Brazil’s energy comes from hydroelectric plants, but some, like the Balbina Dam, negatively impacted the environment. The Balbina Dam flooded around 930 miles of the Amazon rainforest, putting mammals, birds, and tortoises at risk. Worse, the dam doesn’t work as intended and generates just a fifth of its potential output. According to the International Rivers organization, the dam “emits more greenhouse gases than a coal-fired power plant.” Now the country is trying to redeem...




 

 

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60 percent of Brazil’s energy comes from hydroelectric plants, but some, like the Balbina Dam, negatively impacted the environment. The Balbina Dam flooded around 930 miles of the Amazon rainforest, putting mammals, birds, and tortoises at risk. Worse, the dam doesn’t work as intended and generates just a fifth of its potential output. According to the International Rivers organization, the dam “emits more greenhouse gases than a coal-fired power plant.” Now the country is trying to redeem this failed hydroelectric dam – through solar power.


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