amazon rainforest

Forests Fuel Brazilian Hydropower

May 31, 2013 by Bill Chameides

Belo Monte dam

In Brazil, hydropower is king. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a whopping 79 percent of Brazil’s electricity came from hydropower in 2010.[read more]

Amazon's Belo Monte Mega Dam: Saga and Controversy Continues

May 18, 2013 by Antonio Pasolini

Belo Monte controversies continue

The latest installment of the saga has been the expulsion of journalists from the site where they would cover the latest protest by indigenous activists who have brought the building of the dam to a halt.[read more]

Climate Change Effects May Reduce Hydropower Efficiency

May 16, 2013 by Joshua Hill

rendering of Belo Monte Dam

Large hydropower projects are the bedrock of clean energy production, by virtue of their sheer size and reliance upon natural rainfall. But climate change's effects on rain patterns could affect new hydropower projects.[read more]

Climate Change-Driven Megadroughts Jeopardizing Amazon Forest

January 21, 2013 by Joseph Romm

An area of the Amazon rainforest twice the size of California continues to suffer from the effects of a megadrought that began in 2005, finds a new NASA-led study. These results, together with observed recurrences of droughts every few years and associated damage to the forests in southern and western Amazonia in the past decade, suggest these rainforests may be showing the first signs of potential large-scale degradation due to climate change.[read more]

Heating Up: New Concerns about the Amazon

July 17, 2012 by Tom Schueneman

At one time, experts believed that the Amazon couldn’t catch fire because it was just too damp. However, as the ocean near the forest gets warmer, this is no longer the case. Are we about to lose one of the Earth's richest and most biodiverse areas to the side effects of climate change?[read more]

Amazon Rainforest Still Very Susceptible to Dieback Due to Climate Change

March 19, 2010 by NRDC Switchboard

In the ongoing onslaught on the science underlying global warming, one recent criticism has focused on the finding that global warming could cause large-scale dieback of Amazon rainforest as cited in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report (a point spun by the opponents of action on global warming as this post...[read more]