Category Archives: Dams

Hydropower dams and the ways they destroy the environment

[ This contains excerpts and paraphrasing of a 19 November 2014 NewScientist article by Peter Hadfield “River of the dammed“. Dams typically last 60 to 100 years, but whether Three Gorges can last this long is questionable given the unexpectedly … Continue reading

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Homeland Security and Dept of Energy: Dams and Energy Sectors Interdependency Study

[Below are excerpts from this 45 page document. Dams not only provide power but also water for agriculture, drinking water, cooling water for thermal power plants, ecosystem health, fisheries, and so on.  All dams have a finite lifespan of 50 … Continue reading

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Dams: last 100-200 years, make floods worse, an environmental disaster, most will soon be past their lifespan

Within the next 20 years, 85% of U.S. dams that cost taxpayers $2 trillion dollars will have outlived their average 50-year lifespan, putting lives, property, the environment, and the climate at risk unless they are repaired and upgraded.  Thousands of … Continue reading

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