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The Environmental Paradox of Large-Scale Hydroelectric Developments

By Martin W. Lewis | July 14, 2012 | 12 Comments

Hydroelectric power poses a major paradox for environmentalism, as noted in a previous GeoCurrents post. On the one hand, most environmentalists detest dams, which drastically transform riverine ecology, prevent anadromous fish migration, inundate productive and diverse terrestrial ecosystems, displace sizable numbers of people, and occasionally threaten entire indigenous cultures. ¬†Yet on the other hand, hydropower is remarkably clean, produces no …

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