Harnessing the rivers: Hydropower in the Amazon
Brazil needs electricity — lots of it. The government has centered its energy policy on the construction of hydroelectric dams, many of them large complexes in the Amazon. The dams will boost Brazil’s capacity for electrical power generation by 50 percent. But environmental groups and indigenous communities say they will come at a high cost, causing forests to be flooded and changing the course of some of the world’s greatest rivers. Read related article.