"Technologies to harness the power of water are touted as crucial for a
low-emissions future. But over many decades, the hydropower industry has caused
serious damage to the environment and people’s lives.
More than 500 new hydropower dams are currently planned or under construction
in the world’s protected areas. And some 260,000 kilometres of the last wild
rivers – including the Amazon, Congo, Irrawaddy and Salween rivers – are
threatened by proposed dams.
The global hydropower industry says the technology’s installed capacity must
increase by more than 60% by 2050 if the world hopes to limit climate change.
And the World Hydropower Congress, held remotely from Costa Rica this month,
proposed steps to expand with minimal harm.
But stringent oversight, and a commitment from banks and governments to support
only sustainable pumped hydro developments, is urgently needed. Otherwise, the
expanding industry could displace millions more people, irreparably damage
rivers and drive species to extinction."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics