A massive drought strikes Brazil

In the land of carnavals, I had read that some festivities had been cancelled because of the lack of water, so I knew something was wrong in Brazil. In fact, it is the worst drought in 84 years ! 

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Hydropower strikes back, with a controversy

To the New York Times : ” Hydropower, a renewable energy source often overshadowed by excitement about wind and solar power, is enjoying something of a global resurgence.”

” Huge, controversial dam projects have recently made headlines in Brazil, Chile and Laos. Many developing countries, hungry for energy to supply their growing economies (…) are determined to keep building more modest-sized dams too. “

Record amounts of hydropower capacity came online in 2008 and 2009 (…) according to Richard Taylor, executive director of the International Hydropower Association in London. “

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New dams in Brazil ?

brazil.jpgThis question appeared lately in the US press notably in the New York Times. This happens as the local President is willing to stimulate economic growth.

The current President of this large country, Mr. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva – also known in the media simply as Lula – is willing to build two dams in the Amazon Rainforest.

This project would cost around USD 11 billions and would be located in the Rondônia state. (Northwest of the country)

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