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"Jornal do Brasil" Jan. 2008 Article on Reservoir Emissions

Sunday, January 27, 2008
Translated extracts from article "Energy Policy: Hydropower and Global Warming" published in Jornal do Brasil, 27 January 2008. For full article in Portuguese click on: Kemenes, Programa LBA (INPA)Bruce Forsberg, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA)John Melack, University of California, USABrazil is committed to producing inventories of all its greenhouse gas emissions. The first inventory of emissions from hydropower compared the emissions from tropical Brazilian reservoirs with thermal power p

Fizzy Science: Big Hydro’s Role in Global Warming

Friday, November 17, 2006
This op-ed first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, November 17, 2006 It comes as a surprise to most people, but the reservoirs behind the world’s dams are likely a major source of global warming pollution. In the case of big reservoirs in the tropics -- where most new dams are proposed -- hydropower can actually emit more greenhouse gases per kilowatt-hour than fossil fuels, including dirty coal. Climate change scientist Philip Fearnside estimates that hydro projects in the Brazilian Amazon emit at least twice as much greenhouse gas as coal plants. The worst example studied, Balbina D

Fizzy Science: Loosening the Hydro Industry's Grip on Reservoir Greenhouse Gas Emissions Research

Wednesday, November 1, 2006
The pages of a respected climate change journal are not a place one would expect to find a bad-tempered exchange over the merits of iconic soft drinks. Yet such a disagreement -- over the rates at which Coca-Cola and Brazilian guaraná lose their fizz -- was recently covered in the normally decorous pages of Climatic Change. While the immediate topic seems inconsequential to say the least, the larger context is of major importance -- do tropical hydropower reservoirs cause greenhouse gas emissions to match those from fossil fuel plants? Download the full report
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