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Giant Otters Damned by Giant Hydroelectric Dams

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Mathematically speaking, the creation of the massive Balbina Hydroelectric Dam in Brazil should have been a boon to the giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis) that live in the area. The dam, which went online in 1989, created a reservoir more than 443,000 hectares in size. As the land behind the dam flooded, more than 3,500 [...]

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Rare Success: Critically Endangered Gharial Crocodiles Have Record Hatching Year


This week’s blackouts in India have been blamed at least in part on the lack of rain during the annual monsoon season, which hindered hydropower production and increased the demand for electricity for use in agricultural irrigation. But the unusually dry year has also had at least one positive effect: it has helped to boost [...]

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Ecuadorian Hydroelectric Plant Could Cause Extinction of Rare Plant

A planned hydroelectric project on Ecuador’s Rio Topo will generate 22 megawatts of energy for the surrounding area, but building it also will likely wipe out a rare plant. The plant, a mosslike liverwort called Myriocolea irrorata that lives only in the region, was first discovered on the banks of the Rio Topo in 1857 [...]

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