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Belo Monte: there is nothing green or sustainable about mega-dams

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Belo Monte Dam

There are few dams in the world that capture the imagination as much as Belo Monte, built on the “Big Bend” of the Xingu river in the Brazilian Amazon. Its construction has involved an army of 25,000 people working round the clock since 2011 to excavate over 240 million cubic meters of soil and rock, pour three million cubic meters of concrete, and divert 80 percent of the river’s flow through 24 turbines.

Costing BRL 30 billion (USD 7.7 billion), Belo Monte is important not only for the scale of its construction but also the scope of opposition to it....

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