Campos Novos Dam

Failed Mechanism: Hundreds of Hydros Expose Serious Flaws in the CDM

Sunday, December 2, 2007
(Bali) The Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is set to provide massive subsidies to hydropower developers while increasing greenhouse gas emissions, according to an investigation by International Rivers. As of November 1, 2007, 654 hydro projects had received or applied to receive carbon credits from the CDM. If approved, these credits would provide hydro developers with a windfall of around a billion dollars each year. Hydro is now the most common technology in the CDM, representing a quarter of all projects in the project pipeline.International Rivers' report, "Failed Mechan

Gates Fail on Big Brazilian Dam

Wednesday, July 5, 2006
A diversion tunnel for recently built dam in Brazil failed during the last week in June, causing an uncontrolled release of the water from the huge upstream reservoir. The failure caused no loss of life and contractors assert that the dam’s main structure is intact, but the event is raising alarms from international environmental groups and sparking concerns about additional delays in the project, which is already well behind schedule. The 626–foot (202–meter) Campos Novos dam in the Santa Catarina region of southern Brazil is the world’s third tallest concrete–fa

Campos Novos Dam Builders Downplay Danger

Severe damage at the base of the Compos Novos Dam
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
The controversial 626–foot (202–meter) tall Campos Novos Dam in Southern Brazil suffered an uncontrolled release of water last week, completely emptying the reservoir of the recently completed dam. Aerial photographs released yesterday by Friends of the Earth Brazil show major cracks at the base of the dam, suggesting potentially irreparable damage. Severe damage at the base of the Compos Novos Dam "If this uncontrolled release had happened during the rainy season thousands of people could have been drowned," charged Glenn Switkes, International Rivers Network Latin America
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