Hydropower

Amazon Mega Dam Controversial Saga Continues

May 16, 2013

Belo Monte is a controversial mega dam being built in the Amazon on Indigenous land. The old project conceived during the military dictatorship (1964-1985), and which was revived by the Lula government, is the bête noire of Brazilian environmentalists due to the damage it will cause to a pristine region in the Amazon. It will […]

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Ontario Completes Renewable Energy Tunnel Project

March 26, 2013

Just under two years ago, Energy Refuge went to Ontario for a conference on water technology. At the time, we visited the site of the Niagara Tunnel Project, when a hard-rock tunnel boring machine had finally broken through the other side. Related Posts:Amazon Mega Dam Controversial Saga ContinuesIndigenous Groups Occupy Belo Monte Site in the […]

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Indigenous Groups Occupy Belo Monte Site in the Amazon

October 10, 2012

The war over the Belo Monte dam rages on. The latest chapter in the controversial construction of the world’s third largest dam is the occupation by indigenous activists and fishermen of the building site, which they have brought to a halt. 40,000 indigenous people will be displaced by the dam and a huge area of […]

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Anger As Amazon Mega Dam Gets Green Light

June 2, 2011

After years of fierce opposition and heated debates, the Brazilian government won the arm wrestling contest and is pushing ahead with the building of the Belo Monte Dam. The dam is expected to generate 11,200 MW of hydroelectric power when it’s completed in 2019 and will cost US$11 billion. Related Posts:Amazon Mega Dam Controversial Saga […]

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Switzerland To Phase Out Nuclear Power

May 30, 2011

Germany responded swiftly to the Japanese nuclear crisis by announcing a decision to phase out its older nuclear stations. Japan followed a few weeks later saying that it intends to focus on renewable energy (although it won’t do away with nuclear power altogether). And now Switzerland is looking to hydropower to secure its energy future, […]

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