It looks like the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil is going ahead. It will be the worlds third largest Dam. It will displace @ 20,000 indiginous indians,
flood 400 sq kilometres of precious rain forest and cut off the supply of water down stream to many people, animals and rain forest.
This is an environmental crime on an enormous scale. If the Brazillain government calculated that their energy demands require this, then hey, at
least its green(ish) eneergy. But, the country can save the equivqlent of 14 Belo Dams just by being more efficient in their eneery supplies. Come on,
lets wake up everyone. The costs here are too great. Lets hope the like of James Cameron who is against this can put some more wait behind this and
foce Brazil to see sense.
I need to deve into this a bit more to see who is finacing this outrageous project.
extract from en.wikipedia.org...
The IBAMA report - Not to be confused with Obama !
The IBAMA's enviromental impact assessment, currently disregarded by the Minister of Mines and Energy of Brazil, has listed the following possible
1.The generation of expectations towards the future of the local population and indigenous people;
2.The increase in population and the uncontrolled occupation of the soil;
3.The increase in the needs of services and goods, as well as the job offer;
4.The loss of housings and economic activities due to the transfer of population;
5.Improvements on the accessibility of the region;
6.Changes in the landscape, caused by the installation of support and main structures for the construction of the dam;
7.The loss of vegetation and natural spaces, with changes in fauna and flora;
8.Changes in the quality and path of the water supply;
9.Temporary disruption of the water supply in the Xingu riverbed for 7 months;
10.Damage to the archeological estate in the area;
11.Permanent flooding of shelters in Gravura Assurini;
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