Friday, April 23, 2010

New Amazon Dam Planned in Brazil

After fighting off three efforts to halt the project, Brazil has formerly awarded the rights to build what will be the world's third-largest dam to a private-public consortium. The proposed plan to build the dam on the Xingu River which feeds into the Amazon is already coming under fire from environmentalists, local indigenous groups, and even director James Cameron for the potential envirnonmental damage it would cause, despite the government's claim that the impact would be minimal compared to the amount of electricity (6% of Brazil's electricity by 2014) it would produce for the country.

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