STUDY PREDICTS LARGE-SCALE DEFORESTATION RESULTING FROM PROPOSED AMAZONIAN DAMS
A new study published by Brazilian NGO Imazon estimates that a plan to build a dozen dams on Brazil’s Tapajós river basin would drive the loss of an additional 950,000 hectares of rainforest by 2032. The dams planned for the Tapajós river, a tributary of the Amazon River, are part of a larger government plan for 30 large hydroelectric projects in the Amazon. The study analyzes forest loss beyond the losses that would be directly incurred from flooding and road construction, by considering the deforestation impacts of resulting land speculation and migration. The study also notes the increased deforestation risk for nearby protected areas and indigenous reserves. Under this scenario, the carbon savings from hydroelectric power would be offset by the emissions caused by deforestation. For the full story, see http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0915-tapajos-dam-deforestation.html#t81beSFixEFF5IqW.99.