Yale 360 Video: Belo Monte Dam Controversy

Amazônia. Photo source: ©© Zanini H.


The Belo Monte dam, now under construction in the Amazon, is heralded as an abundant power source for Brazil’s burgeoning economy.

But critics contend the project’s benefits are outweighed by the environmental and social costs, the flooding of 260 square miles of rainforest and the displacement of more than 20,000 people.

In a Yale Environment 360 video report, multimedia journalist Charles Lyons explores both sides of this controversial project…

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