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After a Long Boom, an Uncertain Future for Big Dam Projects

Dam, Erosion, Inform
Nov
28

The rise of wind and solar power, coupled with the increasing social, environmental and financial costs of hydropower projects, could spell the end of an era of big dams. But even anti-dam activists say it’s too early to declare the demise of large-scale hydro.

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Unintended consequences of dams and reservoirs

Dam, Erosion, News
Nov
13

An international team of drought scientists show that while many dams and reservoirs are built, or expanded, to alleviate droughts and water shortages, they can paradoxically contribute to making them worse.

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Hydropower, innovations and avoiding international dam shame

Dam, Erosion, Inform
Nov
5

The benefits of energy from dams no longer outweigh the social and environmental costs that damming up rivers brings about.

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A mourning orca mother carried her dead baby for days through the ocean

A grieving mother orca near Vancouver Island has been carrying her dead calf for four days, after refusing to leave her baby behind when the rest of her pod left. The sad display speaks to something deeper. Killer whales eat salmon, and a number of human practices, such as damming rivers, have taken a toll on native salmon populations.

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Hydropower in Cambodia could threaten food security of region

Dam, Erosion, News
Jun
4

Farmers and anglers in Cambodia depend on the Mekong River’s predictable seasonal patterns, but new dams for hydroelectricity are altering the hydrology of the river. These changes have the potential to threaten fish migration, livelihoods, and regional food security.

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Sea-level rise and the precious commodity of sand

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The sand used to construct towns and cities leads to development that then impedes sand’s natural flow from watersheds, diminishing one of its best sources of replenishment.

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The Mekong, Dammed to Die

Dam, Erosion, News
Nov
15

In Laos, the lush forests are alive with the whines of drills that pierce the air. On the Mekong, a giant concrete wall rises slowly above the trees. The Don Sahong dam is a strong symbol, not only for a power-hungry Asia but also for what critics fear is a disaster in the making.

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How a useless dam nearly destroyed an iconic beach; CA

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Dam, Erosion
Aug
31

The city of Ventura and environmental groups launched a $4 million beach-building project when the coastline eroded in the early 1990s because the Ventura River was no longer bringing enough sand and sediment to nourish the beach. The sand thief was 16 miles upstream: Matilija Dam.

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Why the World’s Rivers Are Losing Sediment and Why It Matters

Dam, Erosion, News
Jun
23

Now, as global warming steadily melts glaciers and polar ice sheets, quickening the pace of sea level rise, scientists say that a severe shortage of river-borne sediment — most of it trapped behind dams — will increasingly be felt along the world’s coasts.

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