Jun 14, 2017

Dams could 'permanently damage Amazon'

The Amazon basin could suffer significant and irreversible damage if an extensive dam building programme goes ahead, scientists say. Currently, 428 hydroelectric dams are planned, with 140 already built or under construction. "The problem is nobody is assessing the whole package: the cascade of effects the dams produce on the whole system." These rivers are home to many unique species, and the scientists say these would be under threat if even a fraction of the planned dams go ahead. "Prof Latrubesse said:"All of these rivers hold huge diversity, with many species that are endemic. The researchers warn that any damage could be irreversible, and they say any risks must be considered before the dams are allowed to go ahead. Follow Rebecca on Twitter.

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