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    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/01/opinion/sunday/the-dam-boom-in-the-amazon.html The Dam Boom in the Amazon By CHARLES LYONS Rio De Janeiro A confrontation
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      The Dam Boom in the Amazon

      By CHARLES LYONS

      Rio De Janeiro

      A confrontation between the insatiable appetite for energy and the
      enduring need for habitability is under way in Brazil as it moves
      aggressively to harness the power of its rivers with plans for dozens of
      hydroelectric dams.

      Such projects are engineering and aesthetic marvels that provide
      hydroelectric power and can also control floods and direct water for
      irrigation. But they also divert rivers, destroy animal habitat,
      displace entire communities and drown vast amounts of land beneath
      reservoirs.

      One project has galvanized the anti-dam movement in Brazil --- the Belo
      Monte dam on the Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon in ParĂ¡ State.
      At a cost of roughly $16 billion, it is one of 30 large dams that have
      been announced for Brazil's Amazon region.

      At last month's United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
      here, it was hard to miss the irony of delegates gathering to promote a
      "cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all" as opponents of
      Belo Monte protested in the streets of Rio and Indians occupied the dam
      site....















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